Joplin hires project manager for new library - KOAM TV 7

Joplin hires project manager for new library

Update August 18, 2014:The city of Joplin has hired a project manager to complete a library at 20th and Connecticut streets.

An area that was hit hard by the 2011 tornado.

"We're very confident that they can coordinate this together to make it seamless as it moves forward," said Joplin's Disaster Recovery Coordinator Tony Robyn.

Council members approve unanimously to hire Carr Baier Crandall Real Estate Group in Kansas City, Missouri.

Joplin's master redeveloper Wallace Bajjali was ineligible due to the fact an Economic Development Administration grant will fund the project.

"We have to go through a federal procurement process for a project manager and given the city has already procured and brought Wallace Bajjali on board to do a whole suite of projects, according to EDA they were not eligible to apply."

The city and Carr Baier Crandall says the project will take 18-24 months to complete the project, the time frame also includes community input meetings.

Bill Crandall with the development group says the company applied for the master redeveloper job.

"We've always had our eye on Joplin, and we've been on a couple different projects down here we have not yet been successful so were please really please to do it," said Crandall.

City staff and developers plan to meet to secure an architect to initiate conceptual designs, and cost estimates next week.

Published on January 5, 2013: The Joplin Public Library will move from it's 3rd and Main St. location downtown to 20th and Connecticut St.

The $20 million dollar project was unanimously approved by the library board of trustee's, the new center will also include a movie theater.

Joplin resident Tex Hicks stays at a shelter downtown and says he doesn't like the idea of the new location because it means having to walk a long distance in the cold, while Samuel Black says he likes the idea of a new library.

"I'd have to travel a long way to get to the library to stay warm, I live in a shelter and a lot of shelter people come in here to stay warm, read books and stay warm, so the one on 20th a Connecticut wouldn't do me no good" says Hicks.

"I think it's great the location is handy for the people on the south side of town because of the location now, where they're located at, is so far north it's almost outside of city limits and I think the old library would be a great shelter for homeless people" says Black.

The library is one of 10 proposals that was unveiled by Wallace-Bajali back in October.
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