Kentucky: Louisville Lands State Grant For Second Of Three Regional Libraries
Louisville has received the state funding it needs to build a $14 million regional library at 7300 Jefferson Blvd. in Okolona, near Jefferson Mall.
The South Central Regional Library is one of three regional libraries the city is developing as part of the Louisville Free Public Library’s updated master plan.
Craig Buthod, director of the Louisville Free Public Library, said the state will provide its contribution through a debt-service grant, in which the city will take out bonds to finance construction and the state will provide grant funding each year to offset part of the cost.
Buthod said the city hopes to issue a request for proposals for architectural and design services for the 40,000-square-foot library in the next few weeks and should start construction within the next year. Design will take about a year to finish, and construction will roll out over an 18-month period, Buthod said.
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