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The La Crosse Library Board has chosen MSR Design Services as a consultant as the city explores options for combining the south side library and senior center.

The board unanimously approved selecting the Minneapolis-based group, which will analyze both the South Community Library and the underutilized 10,000-square-foot former museum space in the La Crosse Main Library to figure out the best possible way to manage library resources and create a joint senior center and library facility.

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“I’m pretty excited. This is going to be a good project,” library director Kelly Krieg-Sigman said.

The board approved spending $120,000 on the project. The La Crosse Common Council allocated $20,000 to the analysis. The rest of the funding will come from the La Crosse Public Library Special Trustees Fund, which is governed entirely by the library board.

MSR stood out from the nine respondents to the board’s request for proposals because of its partnership with Lifespan Design Studio, which specializes in senior center design.

“That was the selling point right there,” Krieg-Sigman said.

If the council approves the creation of a steering committee for the project Thursday, the consultants will work with it to gather community input and feedback and develop a recommendation to bring back to the Library Board and Common Council.

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Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter at @Jourdan_LCT.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

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