Mark Runge, director of university facilities at ESU, said that about a year ago, the university made the decision to bring the archive back to the main campus.He
said having materials off-campus posed problems of communication and access.The archive will be moved to William Allen White library at ESU
"With the emphasis on the importance of historical preservation and archiving, access to those records is so much easier on campus," Runge
"Rather than just let the building sit idle or dilapidate because of a lack of a use, it's just smarter to go ahead and sell the building and get it occupied," Runge
said."There's no good that comes out of an empty building."
Right now, Runge
said, the 100-plus-year-old library is fairly sturdy.
"It's in very solid condition," he
said."There are some issues.There is some slight movement in the foundations and stuff, but that's expected on the settling of a building that's over 100 years old.
"Dealing with historical buildings and the accessibility laws will be an issue the new owners will have to address."Runge
said there was no timeline for listing and selling the building.He
said it would depend on when the archives will be relocated back to the White library, which in turn will depend on the weather.
"Moving the archives is a critical process (with) the temperatures and making sure nothing is damaged or worse yet, destroyed, on the move," Runge