Devastation and Destruction

Has anyone been over on Johnson Road to see the library lately?  If you haven’t, you might be in for a bit of a shock.  I went by there the other day and was very surprised to see that the library had essentially been gutted and a good portion of the outer walls was gone as well. 

Somehow, I had it in my head that they were just going to be adding space, rather than tearing out most of the existing building.  To my non-contractor’s eye it looks like it wouldn’t have cost us much more to have just razed it and built a new one, given how much they’re now going to have to rebuild. 


  1. Mike says:

    Keller city council is notorious for lying to us about fund spending (or not telling the whole story).  A while back there was an article in the Keller Citizen that they were going to spend 8 million dollars upgrading email servers.  I quickly wrote the school, the citizen, and the city and let them know how ridiculous that number was for a set of new Exchange servers.  They quickly responded that that number includes two sub projects:  New PCs for the classrooms and ceiling mounted projectors in every classroom.

    I assure you if they had told the full story, that 8 million would never have passed.

  2. Mike says:

    I saw it, and almost crashed my truck.  WHAT A FREAKING WASTE OF MONEY.  I too thought they were going to just add a bit of space and remodel the existing structure.  What a bunch of clowns running this city.  They should of totally removed the old one, instead of doing what they are doing.  WE NEED HELP!  Makes me want to stop paying property taxes

  3. Doug Miller says:

    The reason it looks like it does is because the library was able to move to City Hall while construction is underway.  It was less than half the cost (more like a third) to remodel and add on to the existing library rather than build a new one.

  4. Kevin White says:

    I drive by it every day and was amazed how quickly it turned into what it is now: it took about one day.

  5. Andrien Wang says:

    100% in agreement.  That’s no more a “renovation” than me throwing out my PC and keeping the power cord and Ethernet cable and attaching those to a new one and calling that “upgrading” the old one.

  6. Andrien Wang says:

    Maybe the cost differential quoted is between “renovating/virtually building a new one” at the current location versus building at Town Center.  At the Johnson Road site, the ground is already leveled, foundation, parking, and utilities there.

    Just guessing …