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Forest City Public Library/Forest City Foods

The city of Forest City has purchased the former Forest City Foods building as a new location for the Forest City Public Library.

FOREST CITY | The City of Forest City has purchased the building located at 145 East L Street, formally known as Forest City Foods, in Forest City. The Forest City City Council has been discussing this project in closed session for several months and has approved the purchase of the building for $150,000.

The Council announced the building, after renovations, will be the new location for the Forest City Public Library. The Forest City Public Library, located at 115 East L Street, is operating in 4,400 square feet.

“We have been short on space for programming, books and small meetings for many years,” said Christa Cosgriff, library director.

The new facility will offer 9,000 square feet of space allowing the library to host larger youth programs for all ages and more space for books and public meetings. The library has been in this location since June of 1970. “We are looking forward to providing a modern, updated library for the community and visitors,” Cosgriff said.

Cosgriff said the Forest City Library Board supports this new development that ensures the library will offer services in this new facility far into the future. The next steps in the process include talking to an architect about conceptual drawings and creating a fundraising plan.

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