LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 learned of new developments Monday on the Godeke library situation. Godeke was shut down abruptly in late January because of mold. Mayor Tom Martin is proposing having a private company build or renovate a new location to according to what the city wants. The Mayor thinks one location (which he has not disclosed) could be renovated inside of 3 to 4 months. 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 2,000 square feet more than the current location (so a little less than 12,000 square feet) and space to accomodate 212 parking spaces.
Martin says, "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."
This is not a done deal. It still needs city council approval.
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