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County commissioners reject Carrboro library site

Carrboro will have to continue waiting for a new library after Tuesday night’s Orange County Board of Commissioners meeting.

The board unanimously decided not to purchase a 2.69-acre property in Carrboro for use as the Southwest Branch of the Orange County Public Library system. However, it will continue the search for a suitable site for the branch.

The site, located at 210 Hillsborough Road near Carrboro Elementary School, was conditionally rezoned in April 2011 to allow for the construction of a public library building of up to 20,000 square feet.

Several issues have prevented the county from approving the site’s purchase, including costs estimated at more than $610,000,possible traffic impacts on the neighborhood and legal issues.

Also notable:

- The Board unanimously approved a $12,200 study to analyze the real estate needs of “spin-off” companies that originated from UNC at the meeting.

-Hillsborough road residents spoke against the purchase of the library site, and two county residents said they oppose library construction anywhere.


Chapel Hill resident Gary Barnes cited the rising popularity of e-readers and online access to books as his reason for opposing the library site.

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