Finding a site for Orange County Public Library’s southwest branch has been no easy task — an initial location was rejected after $60,000 had been spent investigating the spot.
But tonight, the Board of Orange County Commissioners will join the Carrboro Board of Aldermen to explore how they should go about trying again.
The original proposed 210 Hillsborough Road site was unanimously rejected at the Aldermen’s Aug. 23 meeting.
That site was turned down because residents were concerned about its proximity to residences, cost and several title issues.
Steve Yuhasz, vice chairman of the board of commissioners, said this time around, commissioners will be more aware of potential problems with different sites.
“One of the things we learned is that if there are limited site options then the sites that you have to choose from may have some restrictions or difficulties that might not be immediately apparent,” he said.
“And it’s that process of investigating the specific site that will turn up specific issues that are just not obvious on the face.”
Carrboro Alderman Dan Coleman said town residents are still very eager to have a library in their part of the county.
“People in Carrboro have advocated for this library for a good 20 years,” he said. “So basically (we want to find a location) ASAP, understanding the financial and other limitations the county is under.”
In an Oct. 6 planning meeting, the commissioners discussed a three-phase process for screening potential sites, which includes requirements like capacity and community preference.