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Library officials want to move ahead with renovation

POSTED: February 14, 2018 10:27 a.m.
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The Richmond Hill Public Library could be renovated and expanded instead of moving to a new location.

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After years of searching for a suitable site for a new facility, the Richmond Hill Public Library might end up right where it is.

Jennifer Durham, director of the Statesboro Regional Public Libraries, told Bryan County Commissioners Tuesday night that renovating and expanding the existing Ford Avenue site would be the fastest and most cost-effective way to deal with the situation.

“If we build on the current spot, we could put as much of the funding as possible toward the project as possible and not have to spend money on land,” she said. “We could maximize the features of the site.”

Either way, the project hinges on state funding. The library has moved up to No. 9 on the Georgia Public Library Service’s capital outlay budget for fiscal year 2019. If approved, the state would contribute $2 million toward the project. A decision on that funding is expected by July 1.

See Thursday's Bryan County News for more information.

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