Proposal invites library to consider new branch at bus-transfer station

Grand Valley Transit has invited Mesa County Libraries to join them in the transit system’s proposed new transfer building on 24 1/2 Road, according to Library Director Joseph Sanchez.

Sanchez told the library Board of Trustees at a meeting Thursday night that GVT officials recently approached him and asked if the library would consider putting a new branch location in a 3,000-square-foot building the bus operator plans to build at 612 24 1/2 Road. GVT would construct the building with the understanding the library branch would leave enough space in the building for bus operation basics, including benches and waiting areas, Sanchez said.

“Most of their locations are not buildings so they’re not used to” operating buildings, Sanchez said. “They said it would be nice to have someone on-site.”

Sanchez said talks are very preliminary and the library can’t afford a high-dollar partnership, but he asked board members if he should proceed with the discussion between the library and GVT. Board members said talks should continue, but with the understanding that the library should consider cost and whether there is a greater need for a library branch in that neighborhood before agreeing to anything.

Todd Hollenbeck, manager of the Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office, which oversees GVT operations, did not respond to a call for comment Friday.


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