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Demolition crews remove library annex building to make way for library's expansion

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY SCHOLZ - On Thursday, Oct. 7, demolition crews worked to remove the prominent steeple and keep it in one piece.

Demolition of the Jefferson County Library District's Adele and Sumner Rodriguez Annex is underway, making room for the library's expansion.

The library hired H&H Construction, a local company, to tear down the former church building and the duplex directly north of the annex.

The annex is a cinder block structure with a prominent steeple that was first home to the Assembly of God Church. The name honors the Madras Rodriguez couple who were strong supporters of the library.

Jefferson County Library Director Jane Ellen Innes said a recent inspection of the annex found that it cannot withstand high winds and heavy snow. Substantial improvements to a building, such as a new roof, would require it to be ADA compliant. This safety issue, combined with improvement costs, influenced the board's decision to demolish the annex.

The library board has been preparing for an expansion since 2010 when it purchased the buildings around the library.

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY SCHOLZ - H&H Construction crews have made progress on the Rodriguez Annex demolition.

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY SCHOLZ - Before H&H Construction began tearing down the annex building, Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 firefighters used the building for training.


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