King Simpson, director of the Logan County Public Library, says they are totally moved out of the old library building located on 6th Street, and have in fact, already turned the keys over to the city of Russellville last week. The city owns the building which the library used to call home before moving to its new location on Armory Drive the first of February.
What will become of the building on 6th Street which was paid for by deGraffenried funds? Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton says he and the council are looking into that and its still early in the game to make a final decision.
Council members will be visiting the property soon to go over it with a fine tooth comb and see what shape the structure is in. Then they will begin talking about what can be done with the property, which could involve selling it.
“There are only certain things that can come into that neighborhood the way it is currently zoned,” said the mayor, adding he and the council are very mindful of what that would be if they indeed decided to sell it. “Doctor or dentist offices, or perhaps even a church may be suitable for that area.”
Stratton assures those who live around the building, however, there are strict guidelines that will need to be met before being allowed to move in.
Although it’s not set in stone, if the city did sell the property, one of the ideas would be to give some of what is generated from the sale back to the deGraffenried trust fund where some of the funds originally came from.
“If the city did decide to sell the property, I would think some of the funds should definitely go back to help someone else,” said the mayor. “However, nothing has been set in stone as of yet. We are all still looking into what to do with the property.”
The mayor and council want to assure whatever is decided it will benefit the citizens of Russellville, which was how it started out when the building was constructed.