Wichita City Council Votes to Move Ahead With Plans to Build New $30 Million Central Library
The Wichita City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday in favor of the design phase and a funding agreement [for a new central library] with the library foundation.
The $1.13 million design by GLMV Architecture could be finished by the end of 2015. The Wichita Public Library Foundation will reimburse the city for the cost.
Total cost for the library is expected to be $30 million, with the city paying about $27.5 million. The rest would be up to the library foundation, which hopes that about $2.5 million would go toward technology in the building.
Construction could start as early as spring 2016 and could take about two years, library officials say. Before that can happen, the council would have to take another vote to approve letting bids.
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