Preliminary design work may soon be completed for a proposed new public library in the town of Clifton, Colorado, 6 miles to the northeast of Grand Junction.
The Mesa County Public Library system has purchased a 4.9-acre site near the intersection of 32 Road and F Road to build what is anticipated as a nearly 20,000 square-foot structure.
That building will house shelves and shelves of books, computer space, and several community meeting rooms. Earlier discussions regarding the project suggested that the new library may even have room for a child care center.
As planned, parking space will be built to the south of the building.
With more than half a dozen branches, the Mesa County library system wants the new Clifton library to replace an existing space it rents out at the Mesa Pointe Shopping Center, roughly 1 mile to the southeast of the new planned library.
A capital campaign for what is expected to minimally be a $7 million project is expected to formally launch next year, with hopes that actual construction will begin in the early part of 2022.
The new library will in part be designed to accommodate Clifton’s growing population, which has more than doubled in the last two decades and now stands at over 20,000 residents.
By Garry Boulard
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