Badding expected to present Depot Center library plan
April 14, 2014
A 23,000-square-foot avaiable section of the Carroll Depot Business Center could be renovated into a new Carroll Public Library, said Nick Badding, president of Badding Construction. Badding (right) spoke about the plan on Friday during tour of the facility.
Badding Construction President Nick Badding tonight is scheduled to present plans to the city council for a potential Carroll Public Library in the remaining 23,000 square feet available in the Depot Business Center.
"We have a space," Badding told library trustees and other advocates Friday afternoon during a tour. "If it works for you, great. We hope it does."
The intent, Badding said, is to propose a plan that would repurpose the available south section of the building with a lease option. The private Carroll Library Foundation and Badding would pay for any long-term structural improvements - with the foundation spending as much as $1.3 million. The city would add portable items, like books and computers and shelving, that could be removed. The city would then lease the property with the first term expected to run five years.
Such a plan likely would not involve any increase in public debt, meaning there would be no citywide referendum. The matter may be decided with a council vote.
About 20 members of the public, most of them with a history of advocacy for the library, walked through the Depot Business Center with Badding.
Badding, a family-owned and veteran construction company, negotiated purchase of the land and building prior to Walmart's March 2008 Supercenter opening in an annexed area of western Carroll.
Since then, the company has recruited Pizza Ranch, The Carroll Apothecary, Verizon and Hibbett Sports to the center. A Sam & Louie's Italian restaurant operated for a time at a location just to the north of the remaining open space. Sam & Louie's is not expected to be part of any initial library plan.
Badding stressed that the building is being made available "as it sits today."
The council will consider other options as well, including a possible addition to the current 10,400-square-foot library. The council will meet at 5:15 p.m. today in the Farner Government Building. The meeting is open to the public.
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