TULSA, Okla. - Several KRMG listeners have been asking what's going on at the abandoned grocery store at 11th and Denver downtown.
We found out it's being transformed into a temporary library.
Tulsa City-County Library CEO Gary Shaffer says the current downtown library will be closed for about two years for a massive renovation. Shaffer says, "It's approaching 50 years in age. It's never had a remodel. The systems in the building are the original systems."
Shaffer tells KRMG that patrons can expect a 21st century library when it reopens. Shaffer says, "The library is moving from being the book warehouse to a place where people come together to convene, collaborate and create."
As for who is footing the bill, Shaffer says much of the money is already in the bank. Shaffer says, "The library system has scrimped and saved over the last several years." Millions more are being raised from several private donors.
The switch to the temporary library is slated for Labor Day weekend.