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The Milton Public Library held its groundbreaking May 29. The library is expected to open in a year.
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May 31, 2014MLTON, Ga. – With the turn of a shovel, construction on Milton's new library was officially begun May 29.
The brand new, 25,000-square-foot library sits just a block from downtown Crabapple on a property formerly known as the Dinsmore Farm, at 855 Mayfield Road in Milton.
"This has been a long time coming and I'm pleased it is finally here," said Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann.
The library will have a "rustic" appearance, according to designs, similar to a barn or farm house. Much of the design is taken up by public meeting space, as well as computer terminals and stacks, reflecting the changing nature of libraries.
The new 25,000-square-foot library for Milton is part of the Library Building Program, currently underway, that has eight new libraries created, and others renovated. This is possible thanks to a $275 million bond referendum in 2008.
"This area has never had a formal public library before," said Library Board Chairperson Stephanie Moody. "This is a significant milestone."
Stevens & Wilkinson, in association with 720 Design, is contracted with Fulton County to provide design and engineering services for the new library. Turner Construction Company is contracted to provide construction management services on this project, and Heery/Russell is the program management team.
Green building design and sustainability are priorities for these library building projects, and the Library System expects to achieve LEED Silver on all of the projects
Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood said he was looking forward to the new library.
"I'm excited. This building is blocks away from downtown and our new city center," Lockwood said. Milton is to build a city hall in downtown Crabapple. "Libraries are a great place for the community to gather. It's more than bricks and sticks."
The Milton Library is expected to be completed in the 2nd quarter of 2015.
Editor, Milton Herald