Site selection firm starts hunt for new south B.R. library location

Local site selection firm Leotta-Evers Consulting got the green light earlier this week from the Parish Attorney’s Office to begin work on its $15,190 contract with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control to help identify a site for a new south Baton Rouge branch library. Under the terms of the contract, Leotta-Evers has 15 days to identify and assess potential sites for the new branch, which for years had been planned to be located in the Rouzan mixed-use development on Perkins Road until negotiations over the project fell through last year. Last month, the board voted to retain Leotta-Evers after it was unable to find a suitable replacement for the Rouzan site on its own. “I think this consulting firm will assemble a lot of different demographic and transportation data and other factors,” says Library Director Spencer Watts. “They’re going to apply a real rigorous analysis to looking at the sites that will be best positioned and best suited to serve the population in that section of the parish.” Based on the terms of its contract, Leotta-Evers should have a report with rankings of potential sites available for the board to review at its April meeting. The south branch site selection is one of several issues that will be discussed at today’s monthly meeting of the library board. Other items on the agenda include updates on the planned River Center branch and a new strategic plan. The board meets at 4 p.m. at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., in the third floor board room. See the full agenda. —Stephanie Riegel

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