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What's the future of the Carnegie Library in Superior? For sale for $125K

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SUPERIOR, WI -

Although it is not on the National Register of Historic Places, many in Superior say it's an historic building.

It's the Carnegie Library, which was built in the early 1900's.

Bob Swanson says the city sold the building 26 years ago, and that he and a group of about 35 concerned citizens formed the Friends of the Carnegie Library, LLC.

Swanson says they initially purchased the building about nine years ago after a series of failed ownerships, who he says never had enough money to renovate it.

The group, which added about 25 more members within a few months, had feared it would be torn down. 

They now have the building up for sale for $125,000. 

Swanson says the building has a lot of historic value and plenty of space.

He adds that all the group wants to do is recover their expenses. 

"We've had people interested in the building to create a regional arts center - other people with coffee shops, art galleries, there's been a lot of enthusiasm, but one does need deep pockets to rehab this building. I'm sure it would cost a million dollars plus," Swanson, the President of the Friends of the Carnegie Library, LLC, said. 

Swanson says he hopes the new Superior administration will assist in preserving the Carnegie Library.

We spoke with the city's new Mayor Jim Paine who says he will do anything he can to help. 

"That is a beautiful and historic building, not just because it's a beautiful building in a very important neighborhood in Superior, but because it represents one of the greatest ideas that this community and the United States has ever had: public libraries. We should be supporting that building, we should be supporting that concept and anything I can do to help," Superior Mayor, Jim Paine, said. 

Swanson says whoever does buy the building should be prepared to spend more than a million dollars to rehabilitate it. 

He adds that despite needing a new roof, the building is structurally sound. 

(Photo credit Bob Swanson)

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