The debate over whether to tear down and rebuild a downtown Baton Rouge library was revived Tuesday night, with the Metro Council ultimately deciding to allow the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control to move forward with its plans.
Just 10 months after the council approved a $19 million allocation to replace the existing River Center library, five council members placed an item on the special meeting agenda urging the Library Board to change its plans for a new library and do a less expensive renovation of the existing building on St. Louis Street.
The council voted 8-2 in favor of deleting the item after a lengthy and familiar debate from opponents and proponents of the proposed downtown library.
Council members Scott Wilson and Ulysses “Bones” Addison voted against deleting the item. Council members Mike Walker; Trae Welch; Chandler Loupe; Donna Collins-Lewis; C. Denise Marcelle; Joel Boé; Tara Wicker; and Alison Gary supported letting the library rebuild plans move forward.
Council members Ronnie Edwards and Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois were absent.