GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — The Mesa County Library Clifton branch is packing its books and heading to a new location.
The question that still remains is, where will the new library be built?
In 2017, Mesa County Libraries purchased a five-acre property off of F Road in Clifton.
Bob Kretschman, with Mesa County Libraries, says, “we found that land on F Road, and we are very happy with that land. We’ve done a lot of preparation work on that land to get it ready to build.”
However, the county has offered a different location closer to schools and residential areas near Rocky Mountain Elementary School and library staff have begun considering the idea.
Kretschman also says, “we are currently in discussions with Mesa County to move our library plans to this different site that has been offered, but that’s not a done deal. There’s a lot of things that have to happen before that decision gets made.”
The county has a few steps to complete before a decision can be made.
Janet Rowland, Mesa County Commissioners, says, “first, we’re finalizing the purchasing of the land and then we’ll be doing all the design work. We hope to break ground perhaps next June and then have it completed by the end of 2023.”
Kretschman added, “we have plans to build a new library on F Road. Better dedicated areas for children, for teens. More meeting space.”
At this time, construction on F Road for a new Mesa County Library in Clifton is planned to begin in March 2022.