Photo: Google Maps | Greg Gingold (2021)

Lee County government officials met with an architecture firm and local contractor this week to kickoff plans for a new library project in Sanford. Plans call for a 30,000-square-foot facility near O.T. Sloan Park.

According to a county press release, thee group will be in the “program and planning” over the next 45 days, gathering information to develop a schematic design. That design then will go before the board of commissioners for approval. The program and planning phase will include opportunities for public and stakeholder input.

“We are asking the public to actively participate in the process by providing input during this phase,” the county’s press release read. “In the coming weeks, the group will meet with key stakeholders and develop a survey for residents to provide feedback about the design for the new library. We encourage the public to participate in the survey and will share more information about it next week.”

Residents can visit the current main library branch at 107 Hawkins Avenue to talk to library staff about what they like about the library and what they would like to see in a new facility.

For more information about the project, or to provide feedback, visit the library’s main branch or call (919) 718-4665.