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Leaky library still in need of repairs

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Updated: 2/26 11:42 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News has learned that more problems in fixing the leaky main library caused the project to be delayed.

There's caution tape around several spots in Jacksonville's downtown library. Water stains line the walls. There's plywood on skylights and there is still a tarp over books on the fourth floor. Library goers like Heather Johnston can't believe the leaky library hasn't been fixed yet. "I know money is tight, but the library should be taken care of," said Johnston.

It's not a new problem. The city knew about it for two years before developing a plan last March to spend $1.4 million to fix all the problems. The fact that the work isn't done yet frustrates frequent users. Now the city tells Action News the project is even bigger than first though and behind schedule. In a statement, a spokesperson told Action News, "As repairs and inspections progressed, more damage was found. To do additional repairs, the construction completion date was moved from January to May 2014."

But even after we asked three separate times how much the project has cost so far, a spokesperson would only respond, "The project budget is $1.4 million."

The city of Jacksonville filed a lawsuit against the companies involved in the construction of its Main Library due to leaks in the building.

A city spokesperson said that litigation is still ongoing.
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