Roswell library breaks ground

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – It’s official; the east Roswell library is going to happen. The new library held its groundbreaking Aug. 1 at the corner of Holcomb Bridge Road and Fouts Road.

“This is a very special day,” said Anne Haimes, interim Fulton Libraries director.

The new 15,000-square-foot library for east Roswell is part of Phase I of the Library Building Program that is currently underway. It is all part of a $275 million library bond referendum passed in 2008 by voters. 65 percent of voters approved the bond.

The library sits close to Centennial High School and East Roswell Park.

Roswell residents Eileen and Frank Seidman said this was a happy day for them. They have been fighting for a library east of Ga. 400 for 15 years as a part of People for the East Roswell Library.

“The groundbreaking is the most important part,” said Frank. “We know it’s on its way.”

The library sits on land donated to the library system by the city of Roswell. The land used to belong to the Hawkins family, which lived there from 1920 to 1985.

Lawrence Hawkins said his father built the home in 1928. It was among the first homes in Roswell to get indoor plumbing and have an indoor bathroom. Water was pumped from a well into the home via a windmill that once stood across Fouts Road from the home.

Three generations of Hawkins lived on the property that will now be a library.

The large oak tree out front is over 100 years old, said Jewell Hawksin Dalton. She said she remembers playing beneath the tree as a young girl. She is 89 years old.

“We’re happy, thrilled to see a library go here. Our father loved to read,” Dalton said.

Haimes said the library is expected to open in a year’s time, in the summer of 2014.