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County Acquires Site for Regional Library off Shopton Road

(October 4, 2009) At a meeting of the Citizens Advisory Group for the Steele Creek Area Plan, Brian Beavers, Director of Organizational Resources for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, stated that the county had acquired a five acre site off Shopton Road near Steele Creek Road for a new southwest regional library.

The site is approximately half way between the Steele Creek and West Boulevard library branches in a geographically underserved area.

The Steele Creek Branch Library is approximately 15,000 square feet and is one of the busiest libraries in the system.

The new regional library will be from 30,000 to 40,000 square feet and may also serve as a logistics center, handling transfers and distribution of books and other resources throughout the system, due to its location near I-485.

The site is in the Steele Creek Place commercial development just west of Gable Road near the intersection of Shopton Road and Steele Creek Road.

Southwest Library Site

In 2007 Mecklenburg County voters passed a land bond that included funds to purchase the land for the new southwest regional library. Funds to actually construct the library will come from future bonds. Due to the current economy, the Mecklenburg County Commissioners have been reluctant to sell bonds already approved. Construction of the library will depend on the willingness of the Commissioners to submit new bonds to the voters and of the voters to approve them. Thus no timetable currently is available for the construction of the new library

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