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Stanford, federal government reach agreement on quake repairs

STANFORD -- Stanford University and the federal government have reached agreement on sharing the costs of repairing Green Library, one of the campus buildings that sustained extensive damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

"I am very pleased to report that we have achieved a significant breakthrough in our efforts to resolve our outstanding claims for federal assistance," President Gerhard Casper told the Faculty Senate Dec. 2 at its final meeting of the calendar year.

While details are still subject to negotiation, Casper told the senate, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to pay 75 percent of "certain eligible costs." The remainder, Casper said, would come from other sources, including the university operating budget and gifts.

"In addition to the repairs, we will be making some [Green Library] program improvements, which will all be paid for by Stanford funds," Casper said.

The university has yet to reach agreement with the federal government on quake repairs to eight other major buildings, including Geology Corner and Language Corner in the Main Quadrangle.

"We are hopeful that funding for repair of these buildings will soon be resolved," Casper said.

Just how much of the $35 million repair bill for Green will be paid for by FEMA remains quite unclear, since the government and the university have differed on the issue of which costs are "eligible." Those details may not be worked out for some time, said Peter Van Etten, chief financial officer of the university.

The Cecil H. Green Library maintains research collections in the social sciences and humanities. The collections number about 2 million volumes. Green also houses the Stanford University Libraries' Department of Special Collections, which includes the University Archives, and the Jonsson Library of Government Documents.



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