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Cedar Rapids new library location confirmed

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Cedar Rapids city leaders met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) Wednesday to discuss the new library location.

The two entities came to agreement with the City of Cedar Rapids' plan to relocate the public library to the "True North" site near Green Square Park at 421 Fourth Avenue SE.

"FEMA and the State have agreed to honor their original promise to the City of Cedar Rapids," said Mayor Ron Corbett. "Now we can continue with our plans to build a new central library that will better serve the citizens of this great city."

On February 24, 2010, the Cedar Rapids City Council selected the 421 Fourth Avenue SE site as the preferred location for a new central library. Since then, the Library Board of Trustees has moved forward with the goal of completing the new main library in late 2012. The new library will be designed to prevent damage from possible future flooding.

The agreement means that FEMA will now pay $19.5 million of the project, with the rest of the $24 million coming from state and private funding sources.

The $19.5 million price tag was what FEMA determined it would cost to build the library on the least expensive site, the Emerald Knights site. 

The City will continue to work with FEMA and HSEMD to complete this important community project.

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