Local Community Development Corporations

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Downtown Library to be built in 2014

That is, if the citizens of Forsyth County vote for the construction of a new library rather than a rehabilitation of the existing Central Library at public meetings to be held before 2014. But the major hurdle was passed yesterday as the Forsyth County Commissioners voted 6-1 to approve plans to update or build a new library. It is notable that the single commissioner to vote against the plan did so because not because he didn't believe a new library was necessary but because he thought the proposed plan moved too slowly.

It is also notable that plans to improve or build new libraries in Kernersville and Clemmons were also a part of the plan: those projects would not start until later this decade - 2019 and 2017 respectively - after the downtown Winston-Salem measure would be completed. Part of the commissioner's concern who voted against the plan did so based on the belief that interest rates would rise in the coming years and so waiting so long to start the projects would add to the cost of the projects.

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