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Marengo library readies for building sale

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 4, 2014 11:33 p.m. CDT

MARENGO – Appraisers and inspectors this month will examine the Marengo-Union Library in downtown Marengo, as officials prepare to sell a building they've occupied since 1991.

The activity at its current location at 200 S. State St., happens as construction winds down on the library's new facility at the former Miceli drapery plant, 19714 E. Grant Highway.

Officials want to sell the current library around the time they move to their larger space in mid-August, said Library Director Kevin Drinka.

The building inspectors and property appraisers will help determine the library's asking price for the building. But the board doesn't yet have specific buyers in mind, Drinka said.

"The board will want to review anybody who is interested," Drinka said.

Construction crews last winter began nearly $750,000 in renovations to the former drapery plant, which officials acquired in 2011 for $1.2 million using their existing budget.

The 20,000 square foot facility is about three times larger than the library's current building in downtown Marengo.

As the renovation nears completion, library staff have been busy securing quotes from area movers to help transport heavier furniture before the final move later this summer, Drinka said.

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