WEIR — The City of Weir is getting a new library for $1.
Demolition on the vacant building alongside CBW Bank began last Thursday. The bank’s owners, Suresh Ramamurthi and his wife, Suchitra Padmanabhan, also own the building being demolished and agreed to rebuild the vacant space and lease it to the city for 25 years at $1 a year.
“They wanted to show their commitment to Weir,” said Janet Hogard, bank manager.
Hogard said the 1,200 square foot building had been vacant “for years.” Once the construction is done, the new building will be 1,600 square feet. Hogard did not know the price of the project.
The CBW board made the decision to donate the building a couple months ago, Hogard said. The project is expected to be completed at the end of the year. Then, the library will move from the former, aging Sacred Heart Catholic Church a couple blocks away to the location at 111 East Main.
"When we found out the bank was going to do it at no cost to us we were appreciative and glad to move in on Main Street,” Mayor Taylor Gravett said.
Gravett said a ribbon cutting ceremony would be held and the new location should be open Jan. 1, 2017.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.