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Hampton Park library on track
Branch could open soon
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Forsyth County News
The next time the Forsyth County Public Library Board gets together, it could be at a new location.

The board’s March 16 meeting likely will be held at the library’s third branch, Hampton Park, which is set to open earlier that month or in late February.

Jon McDaniel, library director, said there were a couple of loose ends that must be resolved at the new site before the county conducts its final inspection.

Once that happens, which could be as early as late January, library staff will begin moving in.

“I think we should probably be closing in on it by (the March meeting),” he said. “That would be a good, solid month or month and a half from now. I think we should have everything under control by then.”

During a meeting Tuesday night, the board heard pitches from two design and architecture teams wanting to build the system’s fourth branch on Post Road.

Construction costs for the new library will come from a $2 million state grant and 1-cent sales tax collections.

McDaniel said the library system hasn’t received any of the money yet from the sales tax because of sluggish revenue collections.

As a result, he said, the Post Road location will be planned up to the construction documents phase.

“At that point, we’ll go back to the county and just see where we are with the [tax] collections,” he said. “The assumption is it may be several years before they release any money to us.”

McDaniel said the worst-case scenario is that construction would be delayed until the next 1-cent sales tax extension, which could come up for a vote in 2013.

In the meantime, the board voted to go with the Greenville-based architecture firm Craig Gaulden Davis, which has paired up with Professional Design Group out of Marietta.

McDaniel said the library system’s newest addition will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that shows a structure was designed and built to improve energy savings, water efficiency, carbon emissions reduction and the like.

The future replacement of the county’s Fire Station 3, which is set for the proposed Matt Green community on the north end of Doc Bramblett Road, will also be LEED certified.

Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the station, which will also be funded out of 1-cent sales tax money, is in the early developmental stages.