Ellenwood Library breaks ground after long wait

The Ellenwood Library is scheduled to open by late spring of 2018.

The Ellenwood Library is scheduled to open by late spring of 2018.

Construction on the long-planned Ellenwood Library is about to begin.

DeKalb County officials will break ground Monday on the $4.2 million library branch, which voters originally approved in 2005.

The 12,000-square-foot library will hold a collection of 20,000 items, including books, newspapers, magazines and audiovisual materials. It will also have computers, a meeting room, two study room and a children’s area.

Construction is scheduled to begin in January, and the library is expected to open in late spring of 2018. It will be the first new library in DeKalb since the Scott Candler branch opened in 2012.

The library and several other projects were delayed until the DeKalb Commission approved spending remaining money from 2005 bond proceeds last year.

The project’s cost rose $1.5 million from its original $2.7 million budget that was approved in 2007, according to county documents.

Alison Weissinger, the library system’s director, told commissioners last month that the main reason for the increase was rising construction costs over the years. The commission approved the change order.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the site of the Ellenwood branch, 4331 River Road, at 11 a.m. on Monday.

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