New Norcross branch of Gwinnett library to begin construction soon

Credit: Kate Awtrey

Credit: Kate Awtrey

Construction will soon begin on a new downtown Norcross library.

The new Gwinnett County Public Library branch has been in the works since 2017, when the city and county announced the joint effort. The county Board of Commissioners approved the $12.2 million construction contract earlier this month with Cooper and Company General Contractors. Norcross will reimburse the county for about half the cost, with the rest coming from SPLOST funds.

The city expects construction to begin in February or March and last between 18 and 24 months, according to a newsletter. The new library will be on a 1.6-acre site at the corner of Buford Highway and Britt Avenue. The building will be 22,0000 square feet, twice the size of the existing branch less than a mile away.

The new branch, featuring a “pedestrian plaza,” will be adjacent to Lillian Webb Park, a downtown hub that regularly hosts events and has a splash pad for warm weather. Guests will be able to park in an underground parking deck with 134 spaces. Inside, there will be spaces for kids, teens and adults as well as rooms for meetings and studying.

It is unclear what will happen with the old space once the new library opens, but in the initial 2017 agreement, the county said it would deed the building to Norcross.

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