Mall library faces reductions in 2013

New lease calls for half the space at same price

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

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The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District has reached tentative agreement on a new 10-year lease with Westfield Vancouver mall management for a much smaller libraryservices space in approximately the same location in the shopping center.

The current lease for a 7,215 square-foot space for Vancouver Mall Community Library expires on Dec. 31, 2012. The new lease will be for an approximately 3,575 square-foot area carved out of the current space on the upper level, with library access located closer to JC Penney.

The library district's board of trustees announced the decision at Monday's meeting. The 2013 annual total cost of the new lease is approximately the same as the current one, $72,000, with an automatic 4 percent annual increase.

“We’re glad we were able to work out with Westfield Vancouver a way to keep a library presence there,” Patty Duitman, interim executive director for the library district, said in a news release.

Tentative plans call for the current library space to be closed permanently beginning Monday, Dec. 24. The work to clear out the old library space, demolish existing walls, and to rebuild and outfit the new space will require two to three months. No reopening date has been set yet.