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The Boonsboro Town Council has chosen King farm property on Potomac Street as the site for a 10,000-square-foot library building

The Boonsboro Town Council has chosen King farm property on Potomac Street as the site for a 10,000-square-foot library building

August 06, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Boonsboro Town Council said Monday it has chosen a site for a new Boonsboro library branch building: On town-owned King farm property on Potomac Street, south of the King farmhouse.

The house is at 241 Potomac St., between downtown Boonsboro and Keedysville.

The site is the best location currently available, Councilman Richard Hawkins said. It also fits in with town plans to expand Shafer Park.

The town has been trying for more than a year to find the most suitable site for a new branch building.

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The town negotiated with Warrenfeltz True Value and Rental Center about putting the library on the firm's property at 214 N. Main St., Hawkins said. That possibility was contingent on the business finding a suitable location to move to, which it was unable to do, he said.

It is estimated it will cost $1.1 million to build a 10,000-square-foot library building to replace the existing 1,713-square-foot facility at 19 N. Main St., Councilman Kevin Chambers said. The library might be expanded later to 12,000 square feet, he said.

With a site chosen, fund-raising efforts will begin, he said.

The Washington County Free Library wants to build new library branch buildings in Boonsboro and Smithsburg because the current buildings are not large enough, library Director Mary Baykan has said.

The Smithsburg building will be built first, Baykan said. She anticipates construction will start in about a year and that the building will open for public use in about two years.

The Washington County's capital improvement program budget includes $200,000 each for the two branches. The budget calls for the Smithsburg library to get $100,000 in fiscal 2003 and 2004 and the Boonsboro library to get $100,000 in fiscal 2005 and 2006.

In April the Washington County Commissioners voted to give $20,000 in county hotel/motel tax money to the library for the planned branch buildings in Boonsboro and Smithsburg, with each getting $10,000.

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