Marion's library will not relocate to the strip site

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MARION – Marion Public Library is back on page one when it comes to deciding on the next progress to expand or relocate the library.

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City and library leaders this week decided to discourage a plan to move the library into a mixed use building that was still to be built on the site of the Marion Plaza Square Mall.

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Under this plan, the library would share the building with private development. Hollie Trenary, the library director who was employed last year, said the funding for that space would not work, despite a five or six year effort to plan that particular move.

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“From our perspective, this is just another step in our journey and in our story,” said Trenary. “I felt relieved. And I would like to say that this is a great message from our staff, our board. We are waiting for the final type of final tour or not to proceed with this project for a while. ”

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Now, city and library leaders must find out what is the next place for the limited library, which was built in 1996. While the team is doing the best of 24,000 square feet of the building, needs assessment shows made in January that is more than double the space at the library – about 52,000 square feet.

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The library board put together numerous options to extend or move the library about 10 years ago, but these plans were set aside when the mixed use building was a possibility. Trenary now said that the board will succeed in reaching these alternatives to determine the next.

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“We are better at the time we have spent learning about this opportunity,” said Trenary. “We know more. We had the opportunity to hear the feedback from the public. We learned about the changes in legislation that we can make, those kinds of things. ”

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Marion City, Manager of Lon Pluckhahn, said that a number of funding challenges varied from the decision, including the new Iowa lease purchase law. The law, signed last April, requires local governments to offer projects apart from the contractor with the best understanding or abilities, Pluckhahn said.

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This means that the city would have to offer its piece separately to the library from the rest of the private developer's remaining building in the mixed use project. Pluckhahn said that this would add to two different plumbers or electricians, for example, working on the building, making it even more complex in common areas of use.

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Marion City Council requested a special meeting at 7:30 pm on Wednesday at Marion City Hall, 1225 Sixth Ave., to discuss the library.

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It would be very difficult to refurbish the current building, said Trenary. She said that many of the utility, heating and telecommunications structures have been placed under concrete under the building.

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How Trenary believes that the best option for the library is to build a new building on the property between Marion City Hall and the existing library. This lot was purchased many years ago at the library base and was donated to the city for library use – it is currently a car park for the library.

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While the library site may change in the future, Trenary said that she does not believe that the timeline will be pushed back. She still believes that the library will remain in its current position for a further three to five years.

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There was no representative from Genesis Equities, the company that bought Marion Square Plaza, immediately responding to a request for a Friday interview. Pluckhahn said that he believes the developers have another plan if the library refuses.

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The five remaining firms in the strip are unlikely to be lucky. Now they are largely empty, leases still hold MJ Restaurant, Tomaso Pizza, King King, Weland Clinical Laboratories and Village Needle Work, although they are for a limited period.

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Steve Ackerman, part of Village Needlework owner, said the lease of the business is up in October and he doesn't plan what lies ahead. He said the business was there eight years, and that parking access and obstruction to their elderly customers was attractive.

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The remaining four businesses refused to comment or an owner or manager was not immediately available.

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“We are only very excited that they have destroyed the small center here,” said Ackerman, adding that he has been seen to have seen a decline in customers as businesses moved because of his business. niche hearing. “It's years ago in the air.” T

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