Forsyth County is getting ready to begin construction on another new library. The latest addition will be in Clemmons, one of the fastest growing areas there.
The population in Clemmons is now more than 20,000 and business is booming along the main corridor known as Lewisville-Clemmons Road. Residents and local leaders say the current library, which has served the community since 1984, needs some big changes to meet that growth. They say it's too cramped, while traffic and parking are also big concerns.
The village has provided land off of Stadium Drive and in exchange, the county will build a new library at that location.
Deputy County Manager Damon Sanders-Pratt says it will be more than double in size.
“The current facility has five public computers, the new one will have up to 31 public computers,” says Sanders-Pratt. “There will be a distinct teen space, which doesn't exist at the current facility. There will be a truly separate and distinct children's area, so it will be significantly bigger at 20,000 square feet.”
The $6 million project will be funded with bond money that voters approved in 2010. It's the same bond issue that paid for the new Central Library in Winston-Salem and the one in Kernersville.
Sanders-Pratt says construction on the Clemmons branch will begin in mid spring or early summer.
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