As an employee of the downtown Cary Library for almost 14 years, my colleagues and I looked forward with anticipation to the construction of the new library to start in early 2017. The location selected seemed ideal to us – at the bottom of Academy Street, across from the Cary Arts Center and the Cary Elementary school, near the restored historic building now known as the restaurant Belle, and close to Cary Pottery.
It seemed to be the perfect complement to the upgrading of Chatham Street. The designated area would have space of a lot of parking.
Until I saw the April 15 story, “Councilwoman wants library site reconsidered” in The Cary News. Cary Council member Jennifer Robinson spoke up and said maybe it is the wrong place.
Parking in downtown Cary has been a perennial problem, especially made a little worse with the building of The Cary theater and soon the Mayfield Hotel. I like Jennifer Robinson, but I think she is off base with her suggestion.
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My colleagues and I have waited many years to have a facility twice the size of our present structure, which is almost 40 years old and needs a lot of repairs. I agree with Cary Council member Don Frantz that the location selected is the proper one. We all look forward to a new library.