Yes. Since we last reported on plans to move the library to the Armory (5th St and State St.) a lot of progress has been made, though a great deal of hard work remains.
The Galan Initiatives Foundation (see the Register Star article “Nonprofit’s goal: city’s improvement” -12/31/2011) owns the Armory and offered to partner with the Library in the construction of a new library within the Armory in the 10,000 sq. ft. “drill hall”. The GalVan Foundation will make a large contribution towards the construction costs and then lease the space to the library for 30 years at $12 per year.
Since the initial discussions the Board of the Library and GalVan Initiatives Foundation have held numerous meetings to develop a process to carry out this plan. This resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties that was signed in early January 2012. This document describes the responsibilities of each party and the process to achieve the results desired.