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An artist rendering shows what the Post Road Library, which is expected to be completed in July 2013, will look like. (click for larger version)
July 29, 2012CUMMING, Ga. — In 1996, Jon McDaniel became director for the Forsyth County Public Library. He put a county map on his wall and placed push pins where he thought would be logical locations to construct library branches.
He wanted the locations to be convenient driving distances for existing and future county residents.
"With the completion of the Post Road Library, the final push pin we placed on that map will become a reality," McDaniel said.
Expected to be completed in the summer of 2013, the location will mark the fourth full-service library branch and the Forsyth County's first to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification.
LEED means the facility will be energy and cost efficient with plenty of glass windows to allow better cooling and heating, as well as recycled materials used in the structure's foundation.
"It's going to be the library of the future in terms of sustainability," McDaniel said.
Local and state leaders gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Post Road Library on July 26. (click for larger version)
About $5.9 million in voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI funds with a matching $2 million in state grant money made the project a reality.
State Sen. Jack Murphy was credited with securing the state grant for the project.
State and local government leaders were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony held July 26 at the 5-acre lot donated by former Forsyth County Commissioner Michael Bennett, whose family has deep roots in the west Forsyth community.
Forsyth County Commissioner Todd Levent, whose district covers the area, said the groundbreaking has been eagerly anticipated in the community.
It will serve students in four nearby schools, including Vickery Creek elementary and middle schools, Midway Elementary and West Forsyth High.
Forsyth County Commissioner Todd Levent represents the area where the new Post Road Library is being constructed. (click for larger version)
Latest Census figures peg the population in the area at about 44,000, with some 14,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
"Residents in this area will now have a library close to home," Levent said. "A place where they can read, research and expand their horizons."
The design plans and construction of the project will be a joint venture by architectural firms Craig Gaulden Davis and Professional Design Group. Benning Construction will handle the labor.
McDaniel estimates that it will cost about $360,000 per year to run the new library, which will include about 60,000 items available for circulation as well as programs for all ages.
The new library will be located at 5010 Post Road near Midway Park and Drew Campground Road. It will also border Fieldstone Park subdivision, which has offered design input on setback and lighting.
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Forsyth Herald Facebook readers said they were thrilled to have the library in their community.
Amber Baker wrote: "Can't wait until it opens. My son and I will be there all the time for story time."
Kim Powell Godlewski said she is happy to have a library nearby.
"When we moved here, we stopped using the library, because it was so far out of our usual way." Godlewski said. "I'm happy."