Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Adviser Fine-Tunes Library's Priorities Downtown Facility Still No. 1, Staff Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Adviser Fine-Tunes Library's Priorities Downtown Facility Still No. 1, Staff Says

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Jacksonville's library trustees are being asked to consider a handful of changes in a consultant's report that recommends $172 million in systemwide improvements.

The library's staff, using the consultant's study as a guide for making recommendations to the trustees, said building a new $76 million library downtown by 2006 should remain a top priority, as should building an $8.7 million library near Cecil Field by 2003.

In a report given to the trustees yesterday, the staff suggested changes to the consultant's study that include:

Fully renovating the Murray Hill branch, expected to cost $600,000, by 2003 rather than spreading it out over as many as 10 years. The branch at 918 Edgewood Ave. S. is old and cramped and needs improvements as soon as possible, said Steven Ludwig, supervisor of the main library.

Making $1 million in lighting and other improvements at the Mandarin branch, 3330 Kori Road, by 2002 rather than doing them several years later. …

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