Rouzan library in limbo as Feb. 15 deadline looms
In a month, developer Tommy Spinosa is due to begin building the infrastructure for Rouzan library, or to obtain a surety bond for the proposed TND at Glasgow Avenue and Perkins Road. Neither option has yet occurred, jeopardizing Spinosa's contract agreement with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System. "The board can extend it 30 days, or they can walk away from it," says Mary Stein, assistant director of the library system. Spinosa has a Feb. 15 deadline for meeting contractual terms. "We are working to meet the conditions of our agreement and will provide construction updates as we progress," says Kelly Vastine, a spokeswoman for Rouzan. The project was conceived more than five years ago; Spinosa donated land to the library system more than two years ago. In November, the Library Board of Control was skeptical about the project's viability. But at least one board member, Travis Woodard, has since become optimistic. "I expect Mr. Spinosa will meet his obligation," Woodard says. In October, Spinosa reportedly blamed the state Department of Transportation and Development for delays in permitting access to Rouzan via Perkins Road. DOTD says Spinosa does not agree to pay for access with traffic improvements: new turn lanes and a signal light. "It's in limbo," says DOTD traffic engineer Keith Mayeux. If the board walks away, no optional library site has been identified, Stein and Woodard both say. The board is holding its first meeting of 2013 at 4 p.m. Thursday in the BREC Administration Building, 6201 Florida Blvd. —Adam Pearson
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