The Gazette covers City Hall, now a flood-damaged icon on May's Island in the Cedar River

Library looking at Armstrong Centre spot for temporary downtown home

In City Hall, Floods on January 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

The Cedar Rapids Library Board told the City Council on Thursday evening that it is eager to establish a “low-cost,” temporary presence in downtown Cedar Rapids as it and the city sort out whether to fix or replace the flood-damaged downtown library.

The library has expanded its presence at Westdale Mall for now, but board member Dennis McMenimen told the City Council of the library board’s interest in getting something set up downtown.

McMenimen noted that the library has a dedicated clientele of downtown residents, and he pointed to the Geneva Towers residential complex as one source of those customers.

One suggestion, he said, was to locate in a first-floor area of the Armstrong Centre.

After the meeting, he and Phyllis Fleming, another library board member, said the Armstrong Centre is one a couple places the board is looking at downtown. Fleming said the spot in the Armstrong Centre is one that formerly housed the Art Cellar Co., 221 Third St. SE.

The thought is the library could circulate about 40,000 items a month from a space of about 5,000 square feet, the City Council’s budget notes on the library stated.

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