By Correne Martin
A conceptual design of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project—which would double the size of the current facility—was presented to the library board and city council last week by David Cameron and Patrick Cleary, of Cameron Aslaksen Architects, Reedsburg.
According to Cameron’s and Cleary’s synopsis, the project is targeted to cost about $2.92 million, which is expected to be funded in two parts. One part should come from one-and-a-half to two years of a fundraising campaign, to include grant applications, conducted by the Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library and the library board. The city will look to borrow the other half.
Renovation of the current square footage of 5,094, which is in good overall condition, will be accompanied by a new addition of 6,718 square feet. Depending on the success of the fundraising campaign, optional possibilities include: