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Grovetown library next on list of projects

Posted: January 2, 2018 - 5:17pm

Site work is ongoing at the location of the upcoming Grovetown library, according to county officials.

The $3.5 million project will incorporate similar plans from the newly built Harlem Library, and will be constructed next to City Hall. And with the opening of the county's second new library, officials are eyeing the closure of the Euchee Creek branch.

According to Columbia County chairman Ron Cross, the proximity of the new Harlem library and soon to be constructed Grovetown library, made the Euchee Creek location "redundant."

"Now we've got a nice facility in Harlem, we just had a house before which was small, and nothing in Grovetown," Cross said. "So that was kind of a central location but it probably would be redundant to leave that one there with a new one in Harlem and a new one in Grovetown."

Cross said other groups have already made requests for more space to expand ongoing services, but no decisions have been made for the use of the building space, which will remain a library until the Grovetown branch is opened.

"People are already making requests. Every time we get an open building we have a ton of people that ask for a part of the builidng or all of it," Cross said. "We haven't made any decisions, but we think that space could be better utilitzed than it be a library after the two others are in operation."

Cross said plans for the new Grovetown branch are being repurposed from the Harlem branch and altered to match the plot chosen by residents behind Grovetown City Hall. This will help with getting the project started faster and Cross estimated the project could take about 16 months to complete, which is the same amount of time for the Harlem branch to be constructed. Crews have only to demolish a small house and level the ground on the plot behind city hall before work can begin on the new library.

But Cross did say no official decision has been made to close the Euchee Creek branch.

"We've just talked about it, we haven't made any decisions," Cross said. "In our talking during the bond presentations, if the bond passes, it would give us the opportunity to pick up other space, by building the one in Groeotwn, plus the people in Grovetown have been wanting this for quite a while."

 

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