Chesterfield, VA—After plans to build a library seemed to stall, several Chesterfield residents banded together and approached the Board of Supervisors about the issue.
In 2004, there were plans to build a few new libraries in Chesterfield, and to make improvements on the County's existing ones.
One of the locations where one of the proposed libraries would go sits near Pat Gilbert's home off Courthouse Road. Gilbert began to wonder if the library would become a reality after watching the field remain vacant for years without a sign of construction.
"It was disheartening because you had heard about it and got excited about it and thought, well this is never going to happen," says Gilbert.
Several neighbors shared Gilbert's concern, and complained about the issue in a recent Board of Supervisors meeting.
County Supervisor Art Warren says that although it has been delayed, the library has not been forgotten. The recession caused the project to experience a serious slow-down, but plans are in place for construction to begin.
"We already sold the bonds for the library. We're looking forward to breaking ground and building this library," Warren says.
Neighbors are anxious to have closer access to books, classes and computers, all of which the library would offer.
"To have one even closer, it gives me more incentive to go knowing I can just walk," one resident explains.
Once ground breaks, the library will take about 14 months to build, meaning it would open in late 2014 or 2015 at the earliest.
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