The Board of Trustees at Lewis and Clark Community College will request state funding for a new library and student life center on campus. The plan is in the very initial stages, and there's no guarantee that funding will be available, but the board wanted to get out in front of the possible project and inform the state of it's desire to expand.
The proposed new library would be constructed on the site of the current Montessori Children's House, and will cost a little more than $40 million. The Montessori school would be moved next door into part of an expanded Riverbend Arena. Another project on the Lewis and Clark Campus would be a $27 million renovation to the Main Complex, which would include re-purposing the current library space and expansion of the school's art program. Lewis and Clark Community College President Dr. Dale Chapman says the request to the state is in order to get the plans on the list to be considered for fiscal year 2014. The college might not hear back from the state regarding the funding until next spring.