The Carrboro 203 Project is set to be completed and open in June 2024, according to Susan Romaine, Carrboro mayor pro tem.
The project is on schedule if weather permits construction to continue.
“It’s unusual for a construction project to be right on schedule, so we couldn’t be more excited that things are moving along well,” she said.
The latest construction development is the completion of concrete columns and foundation walls for the space, as well as a concrete structure for an elevator shaft. Preparations are being made by the project contractor to pour the first-floor concrete slab, according to the project's webpage.
The Town provides monthly updates of the project on its website and a mailing list with information on construction additions to the facility, Catherine Lazorko, Carrboro communication and engagement director, said.
The project was originally drafted in 2016 in response to a request for a library in the southern end of Orange County, and the Town held a groundbreaking ceremony in May 2022.
Romaine said the “seed” of the library was planted three decades ago by Nerys Levy, an activist and resident of Carrboro for 30 years. Romaine said Nevy believed in the importance of libraries being accessible to everyone no matter race, creed or orientation. Levy also regarded libraries as the “base for democracy” in the U.S.
“They could open up opportunities for literacy to anybody who walked in the door,” Romaine said.
The project is located at 203 South Greensboro St., which is reflected in its name and will be a 49,550-square-foot facility in downtown Carrboro. The land was donated by the Town and was originally a parking lot.