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Central Library making plans to expand into old Rescue Mission space

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At the corner of MLK and Chestnut, there's the Evansville Rescue Mission to one side and Central Library to the other. 

Once the Rescue Mission moves to its new location, the library plans to expand into the space.

EVPL hasn't decided the specifics of what it wants to do, but some possibilities include tearing down the Rescue Mission's dorm and turning that into either green space or parking. 

They want to renovate the office space to create more meeting space, maybe room for young people to come and create, and possibly an onsite health clinic for library employees and others.

The EVPL says it's going to be close to a $1 million project with $750,000 from county option income tax, extra money that came after a state accounting error.

The rest would come from their library improvement reserve fund.

"We want to be able to offer more meeting space because ours is becoming really tight and we want to be able to offer new and innovative programs. Going into this building and purchasing this property, will allow us a little more flexibility," said Amy Mangold with the library.

Wednesday morning, representatives from the library presented this idea to county council. Council has to approve the move since they control the library's funds. It did receive a majority vote. 

Assuming that vote is verified by the council's attorney, EVPL says they'd be looking to close on the property in February.

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