Fulton County to renovate historic central library, not build new

A new central library will not be built in downtown Atlanta.

Fulton County commissioners voted Wednesday to move forward with a plan that would spend up to $55 million to renovate the existing central library, a 1980 building that has fallen into disrepair.

Commissioners had long delayed a decision about whether to build a new main library — as voters approved in a 2008 bond referendum — or renovate the existing one.

At a recent public meeting, residents overwhelmingly favored keeping the existing building, near the Peachtree Center MARTA station.

Next month, commissioners will take the necessary steps to fund the renovation.

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