The former downtown Madisonville-Hopkins County Library location may be up for sale soon. Library Board finance committee chair Bill Smith says the two buildings that housed the library have become financial burdens. The buildings were abandoned in 2009 because they are structurally unsound. Smith says repairs and renovations would cost more than 1 million dollars.
He says the community is ready for something positive to happen with the historic buildings, but the library board can’t afford it. A local realtor and the Downtown Turnaround Project are both interested in taking over the sites. The board meets with the downtown agency next week. Renovations are ongoing on another building to house the library.