Mold riddled Godeke has options, but none are cheap - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Mold riddled Godeke has options, but none are cheap

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Monday, the Lubbock Library Board heard the latest on possible options for Godeke library. Godeke closed the last week of January because of widespread mold inside the building. 

The final cost depends on what the Lubbock City Council decides, and so far the latest news is that no final decision has been made. City Councilman Paul R. Beane tells NewsChannel 11, "I am still hopeful that there might be a possibility that the building at Quaker and almost the South Loop, the current Godeke building, could be saved. Mold remediation is done every day as it was in Shallowater recently."

First, let's take a look at what will it cost to keep the current Godeke? Mold remediation is $25,000 - $30,000, but that does not include remodeling to fix the roof and the leaky foundation. So, you'll need to add $1.7 - $3.4 million for that, according to Craig Wallace Construction. We checked with others in the construction business and got similar numbers.  So, the final cost could be more than $3.5 million.

Rebuilding Godeke from scratch but at the same location would be $30,000 - $50,000 for teardown.  Building on the same site would be $1.8 - $3.5 million. So, again, it the final cost could be just more than $3.5 million.

So, what about a brand new site for Godeke? Land for the library would be $10 per square foot plus the cost of the brand new construction. That would cost possibly up to $3.7 million.

And option is leasing. Commercial store front property is between $18 and $25 per square foot per year in Southwest Lubbock. So, it could be as much as $250,000 per year (or $2.5 million over a 10 year lease).

The mayor is on record saying he does not want to keep Godeke at the same location near a Playa Lake for fear that the mold would come right back after an expensive cleanup, but Councilman Paul Beane disagrees. "I've told several people that mold in a building is not a death sentence for the building.   However, in this case it could be. However, that is yet to be determined by a whole lot of people who are a whole lot smarter about mold than I am," he said.

At least on paper, fixing the current Godeke location is the cheapest, but possibly the riskiest, option.

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