Library annex demolition underway
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.
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