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Locations Discussed For New Brookhaven Library

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Several locations are being examined for a new , including a renovation on its existing site.

"This current location could house a new, 12,000-square-foot community library," said Library Director Alison Weissinger to about 40 people on Wednesday night during .

"Parking at a facility like this would be modeled after the ."

Other locations being considered, Weissinger said, are at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Osborne Drive, where a large open area sits behind the DeKalb County Community Services Center. The area is commonly known as Brookhaven Park, "and the county parks and recreation department has told us it isn't opposed to locating a library there.

"And, even though there's no money currently appropriated for land acquisition, there are several spots on the southside of Dresden Drive that could house a library," Weissinger said.

was first on the county's agenda in the mid-2000s, after a library bond referendum was approved by voters. Initially, plans called for a new library to be located near a renovation of the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe University MARTA station.

"However, that MARTA renovation never came through because of the economy, so we're back to looking at other sites," Weissinger said.

The current library, built in the 1950s, is classified by the DeKalb County Public Library system as a neighborhood facility, with 6,800 square feet and 26 parking spaces. It is open 30 hours a week.

A new facility would be designated a community library and would feature 12,000 square feet. It would operate 48 hours a week, and feature more computers and workstations, reading and meeting areas, study tables and seminar rooms.

Debbi Dietz July 19, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Don, The cityhood issue does not effect the library. Dunwoody becoming a city did not change library service. Many libraries are located within city limits, Lithonia, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Chamblee and are operated by the county library. Only Doraville is city employees. Also, the bond gave money to build a new Brookhaven but may not have been enough to buy land to move it. And I believe they said at the meeting last night that all contracts do have to be voted on by the county commissioners. The entire process was not laid out so how do you know that the planning board is not being consulted? No discussion was held on who the library director is meeting with in the county.
patrick July 19, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I am sorry that you do not remember that in 2005,voters were told that if they voted for the 2005 then we would have a better branch then we have today, the other one WAS NOT in the vote. Please make sure you fact facts before you speak.
Don Broussard July 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Debbi, I agree that a new library can be built in any city within DeKalb County as well as outside the cities. I did not say it couldn't. My point was that many pro-city voters probably prefer to avoid dealing with ANY DeKalb government body. Regarding the fact that "the entire process was not laid out," thanks for making my point for me. The library director does not know the process. Second, as a former planning commission member, I can tell you the Library Board / Authority has never brought a site issue to the planning commission for consultation-- at least in the 21st century. But the planning commission does have legal authority to hold a public hearing on such issues and summon the library staff and board to the hearing. It's in their charter -- though they rarely invoke that power. They should.
Debbi Dietz July 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I didn't say she didn't know the process, which she may or may not, I said it wasn't discussed. What they did discuss, or maybe I should say asked, was the public input on the location of the library.
Mack July 20, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Expand the current library there is plenty of room behind it and it would make it easier for the citizens to use it in that area. Grew up on Sylvan Circle and remember when it opened . Please do not move it now

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