I had talked to the mayor several days ago and he expressed some concern about the cost of rehabilitating the proposed space as being too expensive for the city. The numbers he shared with me were pretty impressive. Of course, this is my game.
I did some quick "recapture" rates in my head and quickly agreed with him that the rent and rehab costs proposed for a two year period were prohibitive. At the time, I said it was a much better alternative to purchase something or build something. Then, after the new library is built, the city could use the space for other departments and thus free up the more valuable downtown space. That would allow further development downtown. Also, they could consider building a functional, but less expensive building on cheaper land for utilitarian use by the city after the library leaves. In either case, the building could then be sold or used by other city departments. It is quite possible that the city could fully recover the cost of the temporary use of the library. It all depends on the cost of acquisition, or the cost to build.
It is subject to prudent property management, but it could be done.
While we're on the subject of the library, I would like to see a really nice library. I would like to see a library that the community deserves.......not just a building, but all the services that could be offered from within. Rowlett deserves a top shelf library. Something Mark Twain would be proud of.