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Dome Rock Manor site recommended for new Gering Library

Dome Rock Manor site recommended for new Gering Library

Architects working with the Gering Library board have recommended a site south of Dome Rock Manor as the property  for a new Gering Library.

Architect Megan Hayward of Hewgley and Associates told the Gering  city council  Monday night it would cost an estimated $5.8 million right now to build a recommended  18,000 square foot library at the  property owned by realtor Cinda Munoz.

Hayward, working with  Dennis Humphries with Humphries-Poli Architects from Denver, said the undeveloped site with residential properties surrounding it had the size for not only the facility but adequate  green space and parking . Heyward says it is an area with good views but  close to downtown and easily accessed.

Board Chair Suzanne Myers  says the library needs a 501c-3  Foundation and residents in the community who will help with fundraising and  communicate the value of a new library.  Myers says they received a good number  of names from the packed crowd Monday evening.

Myers says the city will also need to be ready to provide the support for operation of a library that is twice the size of the current one. Myers said the architects would like to see the money raised in a year or two, but she knows it might take a little longer than that.

The Library Board will meet next Tuesday, September 18th, to discuss  how to move forward with the project.

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