Ponce de Leon library to close for renovations, changes made to plan

Fulton County library.

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Fulton County library.

A Fulton County library that was supposed to close for renovations this summer will finally close next month.

County officials planned to close the Ponce de Leon library in June as part of a program that’s renovating libraries across the county.

But residents complained the plans would have added an entrance off of Ponce de Leon Avenue and removed several old-growth trees that provide shade for the area.

The library is now scheduled to close Nov. 4 at 6 p.m., and will be closed for about six months. The four hardwood trees that were originally scheduled for removal will be kept, and there will be no entrance on Ponce de Leon.

The county does plan to relocate two crepe myrtle trees that are on the property, and increase the number of parking spaces by four.

At a neighborhood meeting this summer, Atlanta city councilwoman Jennifer Ide said the county’s original plan “isn’t really in keeping with the master plan” for the neighborhood. Residents also questioned the need for some of the improvements the county planned, including a drive-up book drop.

Al Collins, who administers the bond funding for the renovations, said this summer that the plans were modified “significantly” in light of residents’ concerns.

Once it is closed, the library will get upgraded technology, new shelving, better layouts and other improvements, library director Gabriel Morley said.

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