Northside Library Might Have New Home in Albemarle
The library's lease in Albemarle Square is up for renewal in October 2014, so the county would need to fast-track plans to turn the Rio Road facility into a library.
A former Martha Jefferson Hospital property could become the new home for the Northside Library in Albemarle County. Supervisors are considering a $3 million deal to buy the building on Rio Road.
Supervisors have authorized the county to make that $3 million offer to Martha Jefferson. Supervisor Rodney Thomas says if Martha Jefferson accepts it the board will take a final vote. Thomas says the Northside Library's current location, in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center, is inadequate.
The current location is 15,000 square feet. The Martha Jefferson property at 705 Rio Road West is double in size. The location would also have room to house a county storage unit.
Things could get tricky for the proposed deal, however. The library's lease in Albemarle Square is up for renewal in October 2014, so the county would need to fast-track plans to turn the Rio Road facility into a library.
"It is needed for that area, that's the busiest, the busiest library we have it has more checkout books than anywhere and the area and it almost matches everybody else's total," Thomas said.
Thomas says the county pays $246,000 a year to lease the Albemarle Square location. Plus $200,000 a year for a storage place.
A county report says it would cost $8.8 million to turn the Rio Road location into a library and storage unit.
Thomas says the county would save money in the long run.