Geneva Library Will Pay $1.5 Million for Former Sixth Street School Site

Geneva Library Will Pay $1.5 Million for Former Sixth Street School Site

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The Kane County Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to OK the sale of the former Sixth Street School property to the Geneva Library District at a price of $1.5 million.

After returning from executive session Tuesday, the County Board voted unanimously to approve a resolution authorizing County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen to sign a contract for the sale of the property. Under the deal, the Library District additionally could pay up to $300,000 to have Kane County demolish the existing building.

“I’m deeply grateful for the easy relationship with the Geneva library Board,” Lauzen said to reporters after the meeting. “Maybe we can make something good to serve the folks of this region.”

The Geneva Library District had long had the right of first refusal to purchase the property, which presently houses the Regional Office of Education at 210 S. Sixth St. and encompasses the full block bordered by South Sixth Street, Franklin Street, South Seventh Street and Campbell Street in Geneva.

Geneva Library Board members had considered creating a new campus on the former Cetron property at 7 Richards St. but the board decided against that move in September 2013. That decision returned the focus to the Sixth Street property as a possible location for a future Geneva library campus.

The present library is located at 127 James St. The original library building, located at the corner of Second and James Streets, was completed in 1908, with additions in 1938, 1986 and 1998, according to the Geneva library website.

The Geneva Library Board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the library. The agenda calls for “review of responses to an RFQ (Request for Quote) for the Library Needs Assessment” and “recommend firms to interview.”

The timetable for the demolition and transfer of the property could take as much as 10 months, Lauzen said after the meeting.

“Everybody’s going to put together what they need to get approvals,” he said. “We put a conditional close on the contract and have four months after that to complete demolition. My guess is that will take us to sometime in September or October.”

That time will be used for a number of tasks, including the search for a new location for the Regional Office of Education.