Carson City Library Plans

Carson Times: Don’t give up on that new Carson City Library just yet. After the failed boondoggle that was the city trying to acquire the old Post Office on Plaza Street, it sounds like Carson is pursuing a more reasonable plan of building a brand new library building, probably on the site of the old V&T Shops one block north. Reasonable, but expensive. The library has no money to put up new buildings with, in fact they’ve recently had to cut hours and staffing levels. But it sounds like the Federal government has programs in place to help with redeveloping the neighborhoods that their buildings are located in. So maybe the Feds would give the city money to help out with building a new library and improving that part of town. Which is a good thing, because the city sure doesn’t have any money to do any of this.

That whole part of town has been designated the “Roundhouse District”, referring to the V&T Shops that used to be on the empty lot at Ann Street. The funny thing is that the shops were never called the “Roundhouse”, because it wasn’t round. It was square, so it was properly called just an enginehouse. I think it was usually known as the shops, or the Old Stone Fort.

There’s a lot of land around there that can be improved, room for parks, fountains, even an amphitheater. If all these plans come to fruition it could really transform that part of town into something great. Of course, that’s a lot of ifs. And plans in Carson City have a way of going from “if” to “whatever happened to”, so maybe none of this will ever come to pass.

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