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Henderson and Blackwell applaud effort to move forward with plans for new Southwest Library

Monday March 1, 2010

For Immediate release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137

Councilmen Bob Henderson (D-14) and Rick Blackwell (D-12) praise the efforts of the Louisville Free Public Library and the Library Advisory Commission to move forward with the next phase of a new Southwest Regional Library.

“This is welcome news for the people of Valley Station and Pleasure Ridge Park,” said Henderson. “The current branch needs room to grow and it is time for a stand alone facility for better efficiency and cost savings for the people of this area.”

Mayor Jerry Abramson has given approval to the Commission’s request to begin the design phase for a new Southwest Library which could begin construction in the next two to three years depending on economic conditions for the Metro Government.

“Improving our libraries has long been a priority for the Metro Council,” said Blackwell. "It is exciting to see us take the first steps to make the Southwest Regional Library a reality."
In December of 2007, the Metro Council moved forward with a new library funding plan under the direction of a work group headed by Councilmen Jim King (D-10) and Hal Heiner (R-19). In the 2008 - 2009 Budget, the Council approved $3.75million dollars for library improvements for the Newburg and Southwest branches. The Newburg Library opened last year. Half of the money was still available for improvements to the Southwest branch.

“The people of the Southwest have a great respect for our libraries,” said Henderson. “We use them and it’s time for a state of the art facility to help residents and their children. I, and others, have worked hard for this and we welcome the Mayor’s decision to move this long overdue project forward.”

It is expected a new Southwest branch could serve as many as 100,000 people. The new library will be built on a parcel of land at Dixie Highway and Kendall Road. The projected cost for the new branch is between $13 and $15 million.

The public will also have a say in what kinds of services and equipment will be needed to help make the new facility an important service for the community.

“This announcement comes on the heels of several recent commitments to the area. We have sidewalk improvements to Dixie Highway and a 2 million dollar improvement to Riverview Park,” said Blackwell."We really need members of the community to get involved the planning process. It is a chance to make this a great facility for all of our needs.”

Sponsors:
Bob Henderson (D) 14
Rick Blackwell (D) 12