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Presidential Library Proposal, Up to the White House

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

Texas A&M's proposal to house a second presidential library, this one in honor of George W. Bush, is now in the hands of the White House.

"I believe that Texas A&M has the best proposal possible to go forward to have the second Bush library in College Station," said John White, Chairman, Texas A&M Board of Regents.

The 43 page proposal, called The Presidential Pathway, names three sites all close to the current presidential library. The first site sits next to the existing Bush Library, another is south of George Bush Drive across from the library complex and the final site is near the Pierce Horse Pavilion.

"The sites give President Bush and The First Lady the opportunity to be in very close proximity to the existing Bush library or to have some space," said White.

If Texas A&M is awarded the bid, the cost of complex has a price tag of more than $175 million, an amount that includes financial support from the Brazos County and the cities of Bryan and College Station.

"The three entities will try to get together to find a funding entity to be able to take on the private donations of this community," said Ron Silvia, Mayor, City of College Station.

Facilities in the proposal include more than just the library. A museum with an IMAX theater, conference center, public policy institute and a family retreat center are also included.

"At this point all the facilities are conceptual, but part of the request for proposal mentioned the IMAX and the institute," said White.

Board of Regents chair, John White says the university has presented a strong case and that the father son pairing should make A&M's proposal stand out against other universities in the running.

"Former President and Mrs. Bush are revered and in return really love having their library here and I think that will come across to president and Mrs. Bush," said White.

The White House hasn't given a timeline on when a decision will be made, but the President and First Lady may visit each proposed site before making a decision.


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