STANFORD - The land-locked Harvey Helm Memorial Library could find a little more breathing room in a future downtown home thanks to an offer of land, said board members after Monday's meeting. Monday's proposed gift of almost two acres on Lancaster Street was made by First Southern National Bank President Jess Correll and his wife Angela, the bank itself and an anonymous third party.
A smaller lot at that location had been offered to the board late last year but was declined because of its restrictive size.
The expanded offer being considered by the board would give the library ample parking and room to grow, said library board president Betty Simpson. "We had a man from Frankfort come down and he said it was adequate," said Simpson. "It's less than two acres, yet the way it's laid out he said it was suitable."
The property is located behind First Southern National Bank near the library's current home, a downtown location many community members said they wanted to keep. Simpson said she had received many letters questioning the board's original decline of the smaller lot. Without the addition of joining property recently bought by the bank, the first offered lot would not have allowed the library to grow, said Simpson. But with added acreage, it looks to be well suited to for the library's needs.