Former coffee shop to house new library branch for Palisade

The Mesa County Public Library plans to open in a new Palisade location on Sept. 1, after the library district board agreed to buy a place near the center of town.

The board voted unanimously to purchase a former coffee shop at 239 S. Main St. for $300,000.

The library will invest about $75,000 more for improvements, roof repairs and costs associated with moving the library into its new location.

“We’re excited at the prospect of finally owning our own building in Palisade,” library Director Eve Tallman said.

The library will be a community attraction in the heart of downtown Palisade and a “high-quality facility that will serve the people of Palisade well,” Tallman said.

The Palisade branch is the fifth-busiest of the Mesa County library’s eight branches. In 2010, the Palisade branch recorded more than 33,000 visits, up 17 percent over 2009.

The new building has a total of 2,800 square feet on two floors, one on ground level and a basement.

The ground-level floor is fully accessible for people with disabilities, and officials are exploring ways to make the basement accessible as well.

The library’s lease on its current, town-owned location at 711 Iowa St. ends May 31.

Library officials looked for several months at a variety of locations before settling on the new site, spokesman Bob Kretschman said.

The new branch is expected to operate much as it does now, Kretschman said.

“We’re pretty excited,” he said. “It’ll be fun to open a new branch and have some new space.”


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