The Town of Carrboro is months deep into a “collaborative venture” that will turn a current downtown parking lot into a multi-use center.
In 2016, Carrboro began looking at ways to develop the parking lot located at 203 S. Greensboro Street, and since then, they have turned the 203 Project into a collaboration between multiple local groups.
The Town of Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department, Orange County Public Library, The ArtsCenter, WCOM radio station and more joined together in creating this project.
“The conversation about building a facility was really all about finding a place for the library, which has been years and years in the making,” said Carrboro Board of Aldermen Member Bethany Chaney.
The architect group selected for the project was Perkins+Will, which has North Carolina offices in Durham and Charlotte.
Derek Jones, the practice leader for the project, said this project is a part of the movement of libraries becoming increasingly diverse and hybridized.
“In this case I wouldn’t call it a library project; it’s really a mixed-cultural-use project,” Jones said.
Chaney said at the end of September, a 45-day due diligence period will begin where all of the partners will need to decide if they want to commit.
“As we all know, costs of construction are going up, and the cost of this building is likely going to be more than we were hoping, and that’s a big issue for a nonprofit organization,” she said.