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Fulton Buys Dinsmore Farm for Milton Library

A $1.1 million purchase price was set for the old farm property at the corner of Mayfield Road and Charlotte Drive in Crabapple.

UPDATED 4:20 p.m.: Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann said the library branch will be sited in the center of what will become Milton's downtown centre.

Crabapple will be home to the new Milton Library branch after Fulton County Commissioners OK'd spending $1.1 million to buy property at the corner of Charlotte Drive and Mayfield Road.

Commissioner Liz Hausmann's motion to buy the Imogene Dinsmore estate property passed unanimously during a meeting on June 6.

Hausmann said the location is in the heart of the area Milton has chosen as its future downtown. And it's near three schools: , and .

"It's geographically in North Fulton well placed" compared to locations of other library branches, she said.

Designs will be prepared beginning next month. Once completed, community meetings will be held. Construction should begin in Spring 2013. And if all goes well and the weather cooperates, the new library branch should open in spring 2014, Hausmann said.

The 25,000-square-foot Milton branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is part of a $275 million building program funded by a bond referendum approved by county voters in 2008. This branch, Alpharetta's replacement library branch to be built on its Center Center property and an East Roswell branch are among the eight new libraries in Phase I of the program. Phase I has a $167 million budget. The initial estimate for construction of the Milton branch was just over $7 million, the same as Alpharetta's estimate.

Milton City Council member Karen Thurman pleased those Milton business and community leaders at the Crabapple Community Association's June 14 meeting at , a block away from the library site.

"They approved the purchase of the property, which is the old Dinsmore farm, at the corner of Charlotte and Mayfield, for the Milton library," Thurman said. "They have approved the architects and engineering. And they have approved the construction contractor."

She said the library system will be getting a lot of input from the community to make sure it is a Milton-type library.

The library system first took input from Milton residents on what they wanted in a lilbrary. All of those comments were provided to the architects, who will use them in making plans, Hausmann said. Once the designs are completed, the public again will get to comment on if the community's needs are being met.

The Milton library branch will serve residents of the city, and those in west Alpharetta west Roswell, Thurman said.

Hausmann said the location, on a corner lot, offers opportunities for access. Milton's plans to improve transportation in its downtown will help the library also.

No Name June 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Travis - I agree that this isn't the best site. Guess I'm not communicating that well. I just meant that it will be nice to have another option *somewhere* on the west side of 400 that does not involve going to downtown Alph.
Mike Kennedy June 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Every drawing I've seen has surface parking right at the front door of the downtown Alpharetta library.
No Name June 17, 2012 at 06:36 PM
....until the lot fills up since only 1/5 of the needed spaces are surface parking. Even the old library, which is certainly not a draw, fills up their parking lot regularly and folks must park in the grass or across along the street in the adjacent neighborhood. But the 1/5 spots will be a non-issue if there is another Milton option since the Alph library currently draws from NW Fulton. Not sure if less congestion is a given at Crabapple at certain times either, but a Freemanville location...... that would be perfect.
Dianna Malta June 18, 2012 at 03:22 PM
You may say I'm a a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. My hope is that the original farmhouse will stay as a community meeting building (if the lead paint inside can be remediated) and somehow the lumber from the outbuildings can be used in the lobby of the new library or town hall. That is if vandals are kept from taking the rest of the usable lumber that was stolen when the elderly couple first vacated the property. If I'm not mistaken, the rear property extends through to Mid-Broadwell between two other existing properties so it will have another entrance. The losers are the long time residents of Charlotte and Mid-Broadwell unless they jump in and offer their adjoining properties for sale to Milton to increase the footprint of the new Milton City Center. The best advice I have is to attend every single Milton meeting you are able so that you stay in the loop. You may not be heard, but you do have a voice.
Ben Burnett July 04, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Is that like you once saw the drawings for downtown alpharetta without apartments and condo's?

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