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Library system will break ground on new north Fulton branches
by Nicole Dow
July 24, 2013 11:39 AM | 3442 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>From left, Friends of Milton Library president Matt Kunz along with members Karen Thurman, Bob Meyers and Mercy Vennel at the site where the new Milton Library will be built.
Staff / Erin Gray
From left, Friends of Milton Library president Matt Kunz along with members Karen Thurman, Bob Meyers and Mercy Vennel at the site where the new Milton Library will be built.
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Construction will soon start on three new north Fulton libraries, which are set to open next year.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the East Roswell library at 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road will take place Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. The branch will likely open sometime next summer.

Construction for new branches in Milton and Alpharetta will begin this fall, but dates for groundbreaking ceremonies have not yet been determined. The two libraries are expected to open in the fall of 2014.

The projects are part of phase I of the county library system’s $275 million building program, which consists of 10 projects — eight new libraries and two expanded libraries.

“I am so excited to see the expanded library service the community envisioned during the facility planning process come to fruition,” said Anne Haimes, the system’s interim library director. “Each of these libraries incorporates features and services unique to its community based on patron input.”

The 15,200-square-foot East Roswell branch, designed by KHAFRA Engineering Consultants and Holzheimer Bolek Meehan Architects, will be made from natural materials such as stone and wood and will have large glass windows to connect patrons with the wooded surroundings. The grounds will include a connection to walking and cycling trails and space for outdoor programs.

Each library project will contain a public art project. At the East Roswell branch, Atlanta artist Chris Condon will create whimsical carved stone and wood sculptures depicting trees, birds, deer and other wildlife. The public art projects for the Milton and Alpharetta branch have yet to be selected.

The 25,000-square-foot branch in Milton, at 855 Mayfield Road, was designed by Stevens & Wilkinson and 720 Design to fit in with the Crabapple community. The branch features a porch overlooking a community green and a historic oak.

The Alpharetta branch, designed by Cooper Carry and Vines Architecture, will be part of Alpharetta’s new City Center development close to the new city hall, a park and commercial space downtown.

The two-story, 25,000-square-foot building will include a 2,000-square-foot tiered auditorium and a 700-square-foot conference room that can be divided in two.

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