Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

May 29, 2013

Carter library's deal closed on Main Street building

May 29, 2013 — GRAYSON — Carter County Public Library officials closed the sale Friday on what will be their new Grayson branch on Main Street downtown and proceeded immediately to show it off to some visitors.

Following an impromptu ceremony outside at which former owners Barry and Lisa Stewart of Lexington turned over the keys to board chairwoman Barbara Davis, Davis led a tour of the Houck Building.

“It’s a perfect place for a library in Grayson,” Davis said. “It’s right in the middle of town and people can walk in, kids can walk in. We’re right across from Veterans’ Square. It’s perfect.”

With more than 3,900 square feet on each of its two floors, the former furniture store has more than enough space to grow, she said. It also has “wonderful views” of Main Street through its street-level plate-glass display windows.

The Houck Building was built in 1958 and replaced a structure that burned down. It originally was a furniture store and since then has had several other occupants.

The interior has no load-bearing walls which gives the library flexibility in remodeling. The main remodeling expenses will be heating and air conditioning and restrooms that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

When the time comes for moving books and other furnishings, the library will put out a call for volunteers, director Nellie Jordan said.

The library, which unlike most other Kentucky libraries does not have a taxing district, is financed through the cities of Olive Hill and Grayson and the county.

MIKEā€ˆJAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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