Library trustees OK purchase of building for Palisade branch

The Palisade branch of the Mesa County Public Library is expected to open in a new location in early October after library trustees voted to purchase and renovate a building.

The building, located at 119 W. Third St., is owned by Westwood Rental and currently houses the Blue Pig Gallery.

The Mesa County Library District Board of Trustees voted July 20 to purchase the building for $400,000. The sale is contingent on planning clearance from the Town of Palisade.

Library officials expect to spend less than $20,000 on renovating the building for the branch.

Library officials said they were pleased with the purchase because of its downtown location, ample space for the library and natural lighting.

The library had entered into a contract to purchase another downtown location, but officials determined the building wouldn’t meet the needs of a branch operation in a cost-effective manner.

The Palisade branch of the library is expected to remain at its current location at 711 Iowa St. through Sept. 30, but close after Labor Day on Sept. 5 in preparation for the move to the new location.

Library officials are working with the Blue Pig Gallery to allow artists to continue selling their works through through the Colorado Mountain Winefest, which ends Sept. 18.