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Marengo library eyes building sale

MARENGO – The Marengo-Union Library Board will start discussing Tuesday the sale of its building along State Street after renovations began earlier this month on the library’s new home along Grant Highway.

Board members won’t be making major decisions on the asking price for the building or the timetable of a potential sale until the renovation at the library’s new facility, 19714 E. Grant Highway, nears completion later this year, said Library Director Mary Hanson.

“We are not going to be making any decisions at this point,” Hanson said. “We can’t really sell the building until we move out.”

The preliminary discussion Tuesday night on selling the current library at 200 S. State St., Marengo, should set the tone for more detailed planning in the coming months.

The Marengo-Union Library first moved to the downtown State Street building in 1991.

Library officials started looking for a bigger space in 2011, eventually acquiring the former Miceli drapery plant along Grant Highway.

Crews recently started renovating the 20,000-square-foot facility with basic plumbing and electrical work. If construction proceeds as planned, the library could open the new building by mid-2014, Hanson said.

Using its existing budget, the library bought the former drapery plant for $1.2 million. Secretary of State Jesse White also helped the library with its remodeling work, handing officials a $543,000 grant last summer.

The library has a $750,000 total renovation budget for the new facility.

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