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Public to Get First Look at New Milton Library Design

The library system will hold a public meeting on Thursday, March 14, for architects and designers to reveal the design and features of the facility.

Milton residents get their first look at what a new Milton Library will look like next Thursday, March 14.

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is holding a progress meeting on the new library at Milton City Hall, in Council Chambers, starting at 7 p.m.

The Milton Library will be built at 855 Mayfield Road, at the corner of Mayfield and Charlotte Drive. The site is close to what the city intends to be its future "downtown" in the Crabapple section of the city.

"Based on the input that the library system received from past meetings, now this is the chance for architects to show the design," said Kelly Robinson Vann, the library system's Public Relations and Marketing director.

"The Alpharetta meeting is not far behind the Milton meeting," she said.

She said at a 25,000-square-foot library, patrons can expect a warm and inviting building providing 21st century library services with ample space for group discussions, meetings and studying. The library design will reflect the culture and interests of the community.

The 25,000-square foot facility is capable of holding a collection of over 100,000 materials including books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks. The branch will feature computers with high-speed Internet access; wireless access; a separate children’s area; an area for adult seating; a space for teens; a browsing area of new and popular materials; as well as a general collection; reference services; and self-checkout units.

Members of the project’s architectural and engineering team from Stevens & Wilkinson, in association with 720 Design, along with library team members, will update the public about progress on the Milton Library to date.

Phase I of the Library Building Program includes eight new libraries and two expanded libraries. Design has begun on several of the projects, with construction beginning in late 2013 and openings beginning late 2014 and continuing into 2015.

To follow progress online, visit the library system's website, “Building for the Future.”

See also:

Fulton Buys Dinsmore Farm for Milton Library

Milton Residents Tell Library System What They Want in Their Branch

David Cox March 07, 2013 at 10:33 PM
I don't live in Milton or in the Crabapple area. It is easy to see that losing this property to a library may be a bad loss for the area. Before you know it, all of the small town charm will be gone. I will miss the big Oak because you know it will be gone.
Linda W Johnson March 11, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Mr. Cox, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. There has been great care in securing and saving as many significant trees as possible and the design complimentary to the surrounding environment. Fulton County has engaged all stakeholders in this process and the result will be a state of the art library with small town charm that the city will be proud of.
Travis Allen March 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM
It's still a bad location for a library. There is no access to public transportation, no sidewalk connections with local schools, the need to remove a "historic" home, a bad fit for the immediate area, traffic concerns, you name it.
Victoria Tucker March 14, 2013 at 01:50 PM
What is the plan for traffic/parking at that corner (during construction & long term)? I drive it daily and is already very congested most days at peak commute times.
Beth Melberg Photography March 14, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I'm all for it, but I pray you will keep the historic barns on site somehow. I'd be saddened to see them torn down. Any discussion regarding the barns ?
Julie Hollingsworth Hogg March 14, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Victoria, IDK answer to your question above, but I do know that Alpharetta City Council is potentially approving 4 new subdivisions close to this area: #1 at 480 Rucker Road; #2 and #3 off of Broadwell Road and the #4 request is and to come before Alpharetta Planning Commission very soon - a request to subdivide and build off of Old Rucker Road, which runs off Broadwell as well. All these subdivisions zoned for the MIlton High School cluster and adding to your traffic woes.
No Name March 14, 2013 at 11:34 PM
You forgot to mention the very large new Sharp subdivision at Mayfield and Bates. Also I heard there is a big subdivision going in at Bethany and Mayfield.
Travis Allen March 15, 2013 at 01:39 AM
After having attended the meeting tonight, I have to say that I absolutely love the design. It may need a few tiny tweaks, but it's certainly something that we can call our own in Milton. Hopefully the city will have tonight's presentation on the website soon so all can see.
Travis Allen March 15, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Okay, so Milton did post a picture of the proposed library design on their website. Unfortunately, it's one of the worst pictures we were shown at the meeting and in no way reflects the grand scope of the design or how the building will look from either Mayfield or Charlotte. I'm honestly REALLY disappointed that this was the picture chosen, so I'll ask that everyone wait until more pictures are posted so they can really get a feel for how great it's going to look. Note that the picture on the link below shows the "entrance" to the library, which will actually be on the opposite side of the building from the intersection. http://www.cityofmiltonga.us/index.asp?Type=B_PR&SEC={3273BCF4-AE9F-46E0-A166-55BC36F5D3DD}&DE={92F61B1C-71A3-4AA0-9E55-326151E0B60F}

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