The building that was the home of the Vandalia Branch Library for 59 years was officially demolished on Wednesday, February 8, paving the way for the future Eastern Missouri Family YMCA.
In the windy, snowy conditions, Cannon Builders, of Troy, Mo. brought down the old building.
Vandalia Branch Librarian Crystal McCurdy said it was “bittersweet” watching the building come down.
“My thinking was when I was watching it, it was sure bittersweet,” said McCurdy, who started working at the location in 1992. “It’s great to see the progress; a new YMCA and a new library, but at the same time, a lot of memories were in that building. But moving forward, the town is ready for that…It’s really exciting that we’re going to have two buildings right here.”
It is expected that a contractor for the new facility will be chosen by the Mexico-Audrain Library District just after “The Vandalia Leader’s” press time during their monthly meeting February 14.
When “The Vandalia Leader” posted demolition photos from their Facebook page, the posting reached 7,095 people. It also featured 73 “Likes,” 46 shares, and 18 comments.
No official timetable is currently available for the new library project.
Funds have been raised through donations and grants since last Summer to help the Vandalia Branch Library reach its goal for square-footage desires to meet the needs of Vandalia area residents.
Currently, the Vandalia Branch Library has a temporary home at the former CSI Building near the Lincoln School.