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    St. Petersburg architects ranked No. 1 to design Oldsmar's library

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published August 19, 2000

    OLDSMAR -- City Council members Thursday night unanimously ranked Harvard Jolly Clees Toppe Architects of St. Petersburg as their first choice to design Oldsmar's new library.

    Harvard Jolly, which was ranked ahead of two competitors, has designed more than 60 libraries in Florida. Council members still need to vote to allow the city to negotiate a contract with the firm. Council members scheduled Thursday's meeting after Mayor Jeff Sandler complained about the methods the city uses to select architects for city buildings.

    After news reports about the friendship between architect David Wallace and Sandler, as well as council members Ed Manny and David Tilki, Wallace withdrew his firm from consideration. The city's proposed budget for fiscal year 2000-2001 includes $100,000 for the design of the new library and $2.5-million spread out between fiscal years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 for construction.

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