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Comments for Second Public Hearing on Library Site at 203 S Greensboro St

I sent some comments to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen this evening for tonight’s public hearing. Sorry for not formatting them better, but time was short! Here they are: First, I appreciate Mr. Spencer’s efforts to capture what was heard last time- I think he got much of the input from the public captured well, and better still- I see it expressed in the new material he created. Here are my reactions: 1.    On the north side of the block, fronting Roberson Street, remove the drop-off lane. Drop-off-pickup lanes are generally a suburban construct so that traffic can keep moving at high speed. That should not be a purpose that is encouraged on Roberson. Drop-off and pick-up in the urban context should happen at the curb, and these movements help to calm traffic. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Density, Economic Development, Libraries, Parking, Plans, Technology

Development at 203 S Greensboro Needs Less Parking, More Startup Space to Complement Library

Development at 203 S Greensboro Needs Less Parking, More Startup Space to Complement Library

On September 19, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will be discussing a proposal to redevelop 203 S. Greensboro St into the Southern Orange County library and several other public uses for Town of Carrboro departments.The current plan significantly over-provides parking and under-supplies useful commercial space in a downtown whose own recent parking study found that there are over 1,280 unused parking spaces in downtown Carrboro (click here, see page 9 of PDF) at virtually all … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Economic Development, Libraries, Parking, Pricing, Public Comment Opportunity, Tourism, Walking

Orange County Wants Your Ideas For The Southern Orange Library Branch

Orange County Wants Your Ideas For The Southern Orange Library Branch

I was thrilled a few days ago to get a message from Orange County Library Director Lucinda Munger, announcing two upcoming public input sessions for the Southern Orange County Library Branch, now planned to be built in downtown Carrboro. It’s great to hear that this project is moving forward and that the staff is thinking about how to make it a public resource that reflects the community.  I asked Lucinda if she could expand a bit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Libraries, Orange County

Interim County Manager Recommends Downtown Carrboro Location for Southern Orange County Library Site to Move Forward

Interim County Manager Recommends Downtown Carrboro Location for Southern Orange County Library Site to Move Forward

For anyone who has been following the discussion of where the Southern Orange County Library will be located, the County Commissioners will pick up the discussion thread again on Tuesday evening, November 5th.  The library discussion is Item 7 in the 468-page PDF (55 MB!) agenda, and begins on page 369.  The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center, located at 103 Meadowland Drive in Hillsborough. At this point in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Economic Development, Libraries, Orange County

The Distribution of Population in Orange County and the Site of the Southern Orange County Library

The Distribution of Population in Orange County and the Site of the Southern Orange County Library

Back in the spring, at an Orange Board of County Commissioners meeting where I and other citizens spoke in favor of building an urban library in Southern Orange County, one of the most common themes from county staff in the discussion was that a significant number of rural residents would be served by this library, and that they would come to the library by car and need a place to park, implying that this criterion … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Data, Density, Hillsborough, Libraries, Orange County

Town of Cary Pursues New Downtown Library with Wake County’s Help

Town of Cary Pursues New Downtown Library with Wake County’s Help

While this blog’s primary focus is Carrboro, I think it is important to stand up and clap for what looks like a good decision in the making a few miles to our east in Cary. Specifically, the town is working cooperatively with Wake County to put the next iteration of their library in their downtown, and multiple town council members seem to understand the benefits of integrating the library with a broader set of community … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Cary, Economic Development, Libraries, Orange County

Measuring Transit Access to Potential Southern Orange County Library Sites

Measuring Transit Access to Potential Southern Orange County Library Sites

When considering where to site a public library in Southern Orange County, one of the criteria studied by both town and county staff has been the presence of public transportation, in this case, Chapel Hill Transit bus service.  Evaluating this criteria has been conducted by noting the distance to the nearest bus stop in materials we have seen thus far.  However, transit service is not evenly distributed at every stop and different bus stops provide … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Data, Libraries, Orange County, Public Transit

A Little More Time and A Little More Communication Could Get Us an Awesome Urban Library that Works for Everyone in Southern Orange County

A Little More Time and A Little More Communication Could Get Us an Awesome Urban Library that Works for Everyone in Southern Orange County

This is going to be a long post, so to make it easier to use, you can either read it all the way through, or use this bullet-point summary with hyperlinks to each portion: Orange County is leading a process to site a library in Southern Orange County within the Town of Carrboro. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen sent three sites for review to the county staff in November 2012, and indicated their interest in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Economic Development, Libraries, Orange County, Portland, Schools, Walking