Apalachicola envisions library at Chapman Schools

Apalachicola Librarian Caty Greene

Apalachicola Librarian Caty Greene

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 04:48 PM.

With nearly a half-million dollars in grant money on its way from the Florida Legislature, Apalachicola city officials have their sights set on a proposal to transform the 80-year-old Chapman Schools into a new home for the municipal library.

Apalachicola Librarian Caty Greene reported Tuesday to city commissioners that a $497,000 public library construction grant from the Division of Library and Information Services survived Gov. Scott’s veto pen. The grant calls for the remodeling of the 6,400 square foot Chapman Schools for use as an independent municipal library headquarters.

Because the school district in 2009 deeded the building to the county, the library plan will have to secure the blessing of the county commission. In addition, accommodations would have to be made to relocate the office of Apalachicola cardiologist Dr. Shezad Sanaullah, who recently renewed a three-year lease with the county for use of the building.

Currently, Sanaullah pays $1,961 per month, which includes $1,833 annual tax. His bill will be reduced by $100 monthly because he has installed a separate water meter and will pay his own water bill.

“There’s a good deal of negotiation that needs to go in that respect,” said Greene, noting that the lease has a six-month cancellation clause, for whatever reason, by either party.

“I think our best interest is to find the physicians a suitable place to move,” she said. “This is an elegant building, for an elegant purpose.”

Mayor Van Johnson said he planned to have a working lunch today with County Commissioner Smokey Parish, whose district includes the historic property adjacent to the home of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School.

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