Nicole said she has not seen the damage yet, since the competitive gymnastics season is in full swing.
“We’ve been in the process of trying to sell (Elijah Buell),” Nicole said. “While we have been in the process of trying to sell it, we’ve let the (Friends) sort the books and store them in it.”
Hammen said the Friends have appreciated working with the Kupfers, who have allowed the Friends to use the space for free, and Nicole said the relationship has been wonderful.
“I’m disappointed that they can’t keep using it,” Nicole said. “In the situation that is in, it’s not worth it to keep their stuff in there.”
Fixing the extensive damage is unlikely in the near future, Nicole said, leaving the Friends looking at new facilities to store the books and conduct a sale.
Marquardt mentioned that 10,000 square feet would be needed for a new building and the group normally sorts books in May. Volunteers and Ashford University students loaded all the usable boxes of books into the gym last weekend, but the group is hoping the eventual thaw doesn’t create leaks in the gym.
“The longer we wait, the worse the water,” Hammen said.
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