Harrisburg public library project moving forward


The bureaucratic red tape has been cleared, and the county government now plans on putting out construction bids for the new Collins P. Lee Center public library project within the next few months.

The plan is to open a new Middle Georgia Regional Library branch in the Harrisburg neighborhood on the southside, one that would include high-speed internet, a computer lab, reading rooms and, of course, plenty of books to check out.

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In terms of a grand opening, County Manager Carlos Tobar offered a timetable of "late 2024 or earlier in 2025."

The project is made possible by a $1.2 million federal grant, and the library is all part of the county government's "Harrisburg Park Master Plan," which was first developed in 2016. For many years, way too long, the old Harrisburg school property was left to die, a neglected relic of the past.

Then came the resurrection. The property now includes a thriving community garden, a splash pad, a pavilion, walking track and playground.

"Through hope, dedication, support and love we will build on the strengths of our historic community to provide opportunities, education and quality housing to meet the dreams of families, youth, and seniors of Harrisburg. Our leadership, commitment, and experience proves that we can create a sustainable, vibrant and transformed community," wrote the county government in a previous press release.

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