Orange County, Carrboro boards approve library agreement

The Orange County Board of Commissioners and the Town of Carrboro Board of Alderman moved another step closer to building a southern branch library in Carrboro on Tuesday when both governing boards approved a Development Agreement during their respective meetings.

Last December, the board of commissioners authorized the county manager to negotiate a development agreement with Carrboro for a branch to be built on town-owned land. The Board previously appropriated $ 1,172,000 for the project and contemplates an additional $ 6,375,000 within the FY2018-19 and FY2019-20 capital budgeting cycles. These project funds address design, construction, equipment, furnishings, and library materials.

“The commissioners have pushed for a Southern Library branch for many years, and we are very excited to see this project taking shape,” said Mark Dorosin, chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “We appreciate the leadership of Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen and look forward to seeing this library become a reality.”

Carrboro has also appropriated adequate funds for its portion of the costs.

“The Town of Carrboro is excited to enter into a development agreement with Orange County to begin the process of design and engineering of the Southern Branch of the Orange County Library," said Mayor Lavelle. "This has been an important issue for our community for many years, and we are pleased that we are moving forward with locating the library at our 203 South Greensboro site.”

The new facility will host a library as well as provide administrative office space for the Town of Carrboro.

The project is scheduled to open in fall 2019.