Thanks to a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the first Pikes Peak region library east of Powers Boulevard will be built.

The Pikes Peak Library District received a $500,000 grant from the department to aid construction of the High Prairie Library Branch, part of a $23.2 million awarded for construction, infrastructure and community projects.

The branch will be located next to Farmers State Bank, at the corner of Colorado Highway 24 and Meridian Road. The bank donated the land to the library district, and the new library will be completed in spring 2010.

The PPLD Foundation is asking for donations to find furniture, fixtures and equipment. The total cost of the project is estimated at $3 million.

The new library is expected to be 6,000 square feet, and will later expand to accommodate the community’s growing needs. The facility will hold a collection of about 14,000 items, focusing primarily on popular materials and children’s items due to the limited space, and will have a community meeting room for special events, programs and community meetings.

Other major contributions for the project include $784,428 from the Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Grants, the Farmers State Bank gift of land, and a major gift from the Mountain View Electric Cooperative’s Round Up Fund.

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