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Rumor Mill: Library at Broad and Morris is closing – TRUE

Yes, the library at Broad and Morris will be closing some time around the end of the year, but it is only to make way for a bigger, better complex there that will include a library. It just might take a few years.

Not long for this world; pic from Newbold Neighbors

Not long for this world; pic from Newbold Neighbors

A source at the library said they are expected to start packing up in the beginning of October, though she said they may still be open through the winter.

The closure is part of a much larger project that involves Children’s Hospital and the city Health Department. News emerged last year that CHOP and the city would partner to provide a one-stop health shop for adults and kids in South Philly. The new info here is that the library would also have a home on the first floor of the building.

“The library is expected to gain a lot of space. On the second floor will be the health center, and the third floor will be the CHOP center,” said the source.¬†”The [adjacent] rec center is also expected to be remodeled during this providing a multidisciplinary health campus.”

She said there was talk of relocating the library and rec center to a temporary location during construction, but that hasn’t been finalized. She also noted that¬†community meetings will occur closer to go time, but they haven’t been scheduled.


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8 Responses to Rumor Mill: Library at Broad and Morris is closing – TRUE

  1. David Goldfarb April 29, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Rarely is such bad news also such good news.

  2. Dan P. April 29, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    This is awesome!

  3. Matt D. April 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    That library was honestly quite outdated and can use an overhaul. Glad to see this…hope it doesn’t take too long. It’s so nice to see kids in there doing positive, constructive things with their time.

    • Joie April 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      They got new information last week: The building will close in October. There will not be a temporary location for the library. Library users will be expected to walk to other branches for library services. This means at least a 7 block walk. Quite difficult for the elderly people and also those with small children…not to mention the school children who use the library as a safe place to get homework help while waiting for parents to finish work.

  4. PPA Hater April 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Where are these people and employees are going to park their cars?

    UNDERGROUND Parking?

    How can this SAVE POINT BREEZE? Has Queen Green gave her speach and appeal yet?

    • lucho May 2, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      well considering it is on top of subway station (as well as adjacent to a Route 4 and Route 29 Stop), I’m sure many will be encouraged to use public transit to get to work. Who knows though, maybe there will be a small internal garage for limited employee parking.

      • Joie May 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

        They are planning a 50 car parking lot. It will be on the first level behind the library. There is currently a small parking lot there now. It will be bigger.

        • Joie May 4, 2013 at 9:59 am #

          There will be a community meeting about the project on Thursday May 9th at 6PM. The meeting will be held at The Morgan Conference Room, Basement Level of Methodist Hospital (2301 S. Broad Street at Ritner).

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