April 8, 2006 - Posted at 12:46 p.m. CST
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) _ The city of Siloam Springs has spent
more than 300-thousand dollars on a commercial building that
officials have decided not to use.
The plan was to use the building for a library, but renovation
estimates from the original 100-thousand dollars rose to more than
half a million. City officials also began thinking Siloam
Springs would need a larger building, and there were legal issues
after the city demolished the interior of the building without
written consent from the owner.
The city and building owner Max Albertson recently signed
documents releasing Siloam Springs from its contract to turn the
building into a public library. The city bought out its lease for
200-thousand dollars after spending more than 100-thousand either
on rent or preparations to renovate the building.
City board member Mark Long conceded the project was a mistake
but said he was relieved the city was out of the deal. He said the
city had gotten in too big of a hurry.