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Imagine Your Southern Branch Library

Orange County is currently evaluating space in the 300 East Main Street development in downtown Carrboro to locate a Southern Branch Library in 2017.

This new library would replace the Carrboro Branch Library, in McDougle Middle School, and the Cybrary, in the Carrboro Century Center.

On May 13, 2014, the Board of County Commissioners authorized staff to
engage in negotiations with Main Street Partners of Chapel Hill, LLC (“Main Street”) regarding the potential location of the Southern Branch Library on property adjacent to the 300 Main development located in Carrboro known as the Butler Property.

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014,the BOCC authorized the approval of the Letter of Intent with “Main Street”. The Letter of Intent is drafted to frame the future negotiations for the definitive agreements necessary for the potential development and construction of a Southern Branch Library. The County’s execution of this Letter of Intent does not bind the County to locate the Southern Branch Library on the Butler Property nor does it obligate the County to enter into definitive agreements with Main Street in the future.

The attached Estimated Project Activity Timeline was provided to the BOCC for reference of process steps and BOCC actions as estimated.


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Background on the Southern Branch Library

Learn more about key planning efforts and Board of County Commissioner decisions related to the Southern Branch Library project here.