Alpharetta library moves forward

Construction could start this month

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta’s new public library crossed a large hurdle Monday night, Dec. 3, when the Alpharetta City Council approved a contract over the land for the new building.

“This is a document we’ve been working on for some time,” said Sam Thomas, city attorney for Alpharetta. “I think we have an agreement we can all support.”

He said the agreement between the library board and the city has been more “amorphous” until Monday, with general agreements in effect. This new contract finalizes exactly where the library will be and hands over roads, pipes and rights of way on the property the library board will have to accept to begin construction of their new building. The library board still has to approve the contract. They next meet Dec. 4.

Should they do so, Al Collins, with Fulton County, said construction on the library could start as soon as mid-month.

The Alpharetta library is part of a 2008 bond referendum that was passed to build eight new libraries in Fulton County and renovate a further two. Among the improved libraries are a new Milton library and an east Roswell library.

The 25,000-square-foot building is planned to be two stories, with extensive gardens and green space on 3 acres just south of the new City Hall.

The upper level of the building will house the main entrance from the street as well as meeting space, the adult reading room and the teen room. The lower area will house the children’s area and a 150-seat auditorium, which will be open outside of library hours.

“We’re excited and look forward to getting started,” Collins said.

There are no plans of what to do with the existing library.