Old Moorestown Library Building to be Demolished

It would cost over $6 million to bring the building up to code and have it fit for a new use, according to a study conducted by Ragan Design Group.

In the same week that the new library opened in Moorestown, council made the decision to demolish the old building.

According to a study conducted by Ragan Design Group, it would cost about $3,400,000 to repair the old building and update it to meet current building codes. It would cost an additional $3,000,000 to fit the building for another use, bringing the grand total to $6,400,000.

There are also not enough parking spaces to accommodate visitors to the new municipal complex, which includes the town hall, library and recreation center and the old library building.

It is unknown what will happen to the site once the old library is demolished.

The decision was made at Monday night's council meeting.

The full video of Monday's meeting, shot and uploaded on YouTube by Open Doors Moorestown, is attached to this post.

sanlazarro12173 July 13, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Before we create another used car lot similar to the muni lot behind the stores, we should clean up the parking we have; on lots and streets. Drive through the lots and the surrounding streets. Start ticketing cars that are not registered, cars with expired or no inspection stickers, cars that haven't moved in years. Several cars were in the muni lot for years with flat tires. No fee is required to have a car inspected. If it's on a muni lot or street it should be registered, insured and have a current inspection sticker. Some of the cars and trucks behind on inspections appear to be township owned. No excuse for that. How many spots will that clear up for use by responsible taxpayers?
Jean Perry July 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Good discussion and very little name calling and demeaning other people's opinions. How nice. Patch can be a spot for sharing constructive ideas and information and a good public forum. I bet more people would read and contribute if it was always this way. Thanks for being civil and mature.
Tom July 13, 2014 at 11:04 AM
No disagreement. What is stopping them? None of that requires a new police station. It requires leadership
Bill July 13, 2014 at 03:35 PM
This town council made the right decision. Looking forward, if more parking is needed, then build it out with an aesthetic feel. Appearance committee could solicit a draft of ideas. Maybe lets Look at getting a few garden companies in town to donate shrubs, trees, etc to extend the remaining part of the square. Interesting idea of putting the court and police at the mall. Would PREIT entertain?
John July 14, 2014 at 02:16 PM
The old library is an embarrassment to our town. Additional parking along with some green space to sit and read would be a welcome addition. I only hope that both the township and the patrons of the library take better care of the new one!


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