Save the Elk Rapids Library by moving it

By: 
Sam Castronovo

I have been a proponent of preserving the Elk Rapids Library Building “as it is” since the “Expand the Library” movement began. I have had “Save the Library” yard signs in my front yard. I have sent letters to the editor. I have attended the public meeting concerning the expansion, speaking out against the expansion.

I have given much thought to the possibility of a middle ground. The library basement is constructed of stone. Waterproofing it has proved to be an endless futile task. Can it be waterproofed?  As an engineer, I can say yes it could, but at a great deal of expense and time. In addition bathrooms in the basement are not practical.  I suggest that the library be moved easterly into the parking lot, beyond the existing foundation and placed on a new foundation, without a basement. A simple task for experienced building moving experts. (I had a brick bicycle shop moved to make way for one of my past projects, a difficult task which was performed without incident.) The existing basement walls should be removed and the void filled with compacted granular material.


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