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Voters discuss Irondequoit Library with Board
by Kelsie Smith
Irondequoit, N.Y. - Voters in Irondequoit had the opportunity to learn more about the plan to build a new -- central library.
The project was already approved by voters back in April -- but a lawsuit challenged the legality of that vote -- so residents will have to vote again.
Centralizing the library will consolidate the resources of the Helen McGraw Branch on East Ridge Road and the Pauline Evans Branch on Cooper Road.
The Irondequoit library board said this will make for a more efficient and overall better library - than keeping the two separate branches.
But some residents like the current locations of the libraries.
One library will be farther away for most residents; yes, it will be closer to some but most residents have to travel further, more gas more inconvenient, said Richard Barone, a resident who would rather see the old libraries updated rather than having a new one built.
According to the Irondequoit Public Library Board of Trustees, the library will be just over three miles away from the furthest resident in the town.
The 13-million-dollar project will offer more multipurpose space.
The building is slated to be 40,000-square-feet.
As far as the design of the building, drafts have been drawn up but the final drawings wont be done until after the vote and more public hearings.
The board wants the outside of the library to compliment the town hall.
If it is more updated I would go once a week, said Irondequoit resident Carol Curcio. I just can't read in the [current] library, the lighting is awful, there's no space to walk around.
Another public information meeting is set for December 11th at 7pm at town hall.
The re-vote is Saturday, December 14th from 9-6pm at Christ the King School.
For more information about the library or to watch Tuesdays public information meeting in full go to www.Libraryproposal.com