Bossier City sells land for new Central Library building

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The Bossier City Council voted Tuesday to sell city land to the police jury for a new library.

The council approved an ordinance at their regular meeting to declare land as surplus for the city and then sell it to the Bossier Parish Police Jury for Bossier Parish Libraries to construct a new Central Library.

Specifically, the land is 3.1 acres behind the current CNG refueling station off East Texast Street, across from the Civic Complex and near the current Central Library building.

The land is appraised at a value of $800,000.

Officials said the current building was slated to undergo a renovation, but when costs were assessed, the option to build a new facility was deemed more effective.

During the meeting, when questioned about the current building, City Attorney Jimmy Hall noted that it could be converted into office space for parish and/or city government personnel.

“There is a lot of conversation about moving some people in Benton there and collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office and the city to move some 911-emergency people there,” said Hall. “We would leave the building open while the new building is built and then move them out to the new building, and move those people in.”

The ordinance is subject to a second reading. It’s final approval would be at the April 16 council meeting.