The future of Springfield’s former West Branch Library is still up in the air, even after the eventual sale to Sacred Heart Griffin.
Sister Katherine O’Connor tells WMAY News that the school will perform a space utilization study on the property to determine the best use for the school and for the city.
That means that the initial use Alderman Kris Theilen conveyed to the council is not certain.
Last week Theilen told the council that SHG said they would use it for administration offices and possible classrooms. The Ward 8 Aldermen says he wanted the surplus property to sell for between $50,000 and $60,000.
An ordinance accepting the bid of $40,000 from SHG is up on the consent agenda tonight at city hall.
The property that was built in the early 60s was eventually closed in 2008. Jay Wavering, the city’s purchasing agent, says in 2005 the property was appraised at $250,000 but there is also asbestos and a myriad of other problems in the property that has diminished the value.
There is currently a parking lot on the east side of the library parcel and an empty lot on the west side. SHG owns both parcels adjacent to the former library.
Wavering says that SHG was the only bid placed on the property.
Two other parties showed interest, according to Wavering, but never submitted a bid.