by Michael R. Allen, Modern STL President
On November 6, St. Louis County voters approved Proposition L to fund facilities for the St. Louis County Library. The 6-cent tax increase includes $76.9 million for new library construction, $12.7 million to renovate existing buildings and another $9 million for other projects.
Modern STL has fought to get the St. Louis County Library trustees to spare the Lewis and Clark Branch Library in Moline Acres, a significant building designed by architect Frederick Dunn and completed in 1963. Ahead of the election, Library Director Charles Pace would not promise that the system would preserve the building.
Not the Library is looking for feedback from its patrons. And Pace told Paul Hampel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a decision on the fate of Lewis and Clark is one year away. Library trustees apparently were upset with Pace’s previous comments about selling the library building, and now are working with Pace to study the building’s reuse potential. Stay tuned.