LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Mayor Tom Martin is proposing having a private company build a new Godeke Library location to according to what the city wants. The private company would then lease that new building to the city.
Martin says it would avoid the long and expensive process of going out for bids or waiting for a bond election. His proposal is just less than twelve thousand square feet and accommodate 112 parking spaces, which is larger than the current Godeke Branch building.
Martin says he cannot yet disclose the new location. "I know that some people will say 'I want it back where the old location was,' but I'm not interested in repeating the mistakes of the past and putting a branch library in a flood area. I think that was probably not a wise decision many years ago."
The new location is not yet a done deal. It still needs City Council approval, but Mayor Martin says it would take only three to four months, if the council votes yes.
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