Demolition underway at site of new library in Petersburg

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - As structures on the former Ford Complex come tumbling down, a step toward progress is built.

"When people start seeing dirt moving and bricks flying they get very excited and knowing this project is coming closer to becoming a reality," said Library Director Wayne Crocker.

That project is a 16 million dollar library.

"We're looking for a much larger facility so that we can provide even greater services and programs for the community," said Crocker.

The new library will be four times larger than the existing facility which was built in 1859. Jeffrey Roache has come to the library regularly for nearly three decades.

"I'll find something to do with comic books and I read, or I may get online or something," Roache said.

Roache says he's aware of one major hurdle in the push for that new library - funding. Less than half the money for the project has been raised. 10 million more is needed.

"We're talking to the general public, we're writing grants, (and) we're having events to encourage people to donate to this worthwhile project in Petersburg," Crocker said.

If the funds don't flow in:

"We've discussed possibilities if we have to alter the project and what some of those possibilities may be, but right now we're geared up to move forward the full goal potential," said Crocker.

Construction in the new library is expected to get going next year - with an open date during the winter 2011. If you're interested in making a donation or learning more about the library project just go tour web site click here.

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