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Martin Luther King, Jr. Library improvements considered

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It's a building many consider an architectural treasure, but in need of great repair.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is experiencing numerous problems because of it's age.

The structure was designed by well know architect, Mies van der Rohe. It first opened in 1972.

On Thursday, a council committee took a look at several proposals to renovate the library. Some included plans to add two additional floors that could be used for condos and roof entertainment. This could help the city generate revenue.

This was the first public hearing on the issue. The city is still trying to get input and discuss possible changes to the library. Library officials said it costs between 5 and 10 million dollars just to keep the building operating. The estimated cost for the proposed renovations could run as high as $250 million.


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