Library to raze building in favor of more parking

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Mesa County Library District will soon demolish the so-called Flintstone building, which is immediately adjacent to the central library, and replace it with additional parking. The building isn’t getting much use anymore and has a leaky roof.

The Mesa County Public Library District will soon tear down what officials say is a rarely used, dilapidated building adjacent to the central library to create additional parking.

The library’s board of trustees recently voted to discontinue the use of the Flintstone Building that sits just southeast of the library and demolish it.

The 1,600-square-foot building was built in 1952 and previously was home to a service station and a title company, Library Director Eve Tallman said.

The library purchased the structure in 2003 and used it for board meetings and special events. But the board of trustees moved its meetings to a downstairs meeting space in the library after the central branch was remodeled in 2006. And the Flintstone Building is used for special events only when the meeting space in the library is occupied, according to Mark Martin-Williams, president of the board.

Williams said the few times the building is used takes staff time away from other library functions.

“You’re pulling staffing away from whatever their core duties are to oversee that the building is getting opened, used, closed up and cleaned up,” he said.

In addition, Williams said the Flintstone Building has had ongoing maintenance issues. He said the prolonged snow and cold this winter created a number of leaks in the roof, and the library received estimates revealing the cost to demolish the building ($11,500) was only slightly more than repairing the roof ($10,000).

Tallman added a wall is starting to fall away, and the cost of heating and cooling the building isn’t worth the investment in repairing the roof.

Tallman said the library is preparing to request qualifications from contractors to demolish the structure. There currently isn’t a time frame for tearing it down and replacing it with parking. More spaces are needed as library usage continues to increase, Williams said.

Library officials also soon will enclose the area where government documents are stored downstairs in the central branch to create a literacy classroom and language learning lab.


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