St. Louis County Seeks Tax Hike for Library Makeover Plan
To the thousands of people who use the St. Louis County Library’s headquarters branch in Ladue, or who travel past it every day on busy Lindbergh Boulevard, the red-brick structure may not look like it should be torn down.
But demolishing and replacing the building would be part of $108 million construction and renovation plan that would touch all 20 of the library district’s facilities, making it the biggest project in the district’s 66-year history, if voters approve a tax increase in November’s election.
Library director Charles Pace acknowledged in an interview that the handsome appearance of the headquarters building, which was renovated and expanded in 1989 at a cost of $7.8 million, will make a tax increase to replace it a tough sell.
In addition to replacing the headquarters, the library would replace five other branches — Tesson Ferry, Lewis and Clark, Thornhill, Meramec Valley and Mid-County — and lease and retrofit a yet-to-be chosen building to serve as a new operations center for library and maintenance staff.
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