Irondale to build new public library, seeking community input on Jan. 26

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Preliminary rendering of the Irondale Public Library site plan on Grant Mills Road (City of Irondale)

Irondale is building a new public library.

Back in December 2022, the historic town purchased 7.9 acres at 1080 Grants Mill Road for the construction of the new library. The facility will replace the current library located at 105 20th St. S. near City Hall.

Library-in-Nature

According to a statement provided to Bham Now by the city —the goal is to provide a “library-in-nature” feel that complements the site itself as well as adds to Irondale’s greenspace appeal.

The city has rapidly become a mecca for outdoor and nature recreation. Over the past year, it has expanded its greenspace inventory by purchasing 125 acres — enhancing the community’s  trails system and access to Ruffner Mountain and the Cahaba River. 

“Our goal is to build a library that will not only house books, but serve as a community engagement space,” stated Mayor James D. Stewart, Jr. “We want to capitalize on the opportunity to connect our citizens to both physical and online resources, as well as to one another. The new facility will feature technology-based programming, co-working space, outdoor elements, and community meeting rooms.”

Wanted: Community Input

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(City of Irondale)

Interested in providing input on the new library? On Thursday, January 26, 6:00PM at City Hall,  Mayor Stewart, city officials and library staff are  holding a Community Focus Group  to discuss the types of features and amenities that residents would like to see in the new library.

Irondale Is On a Roll

Irondale has been on a roll over the past couple of years. In addition to the new library and greenspace initiatives, the city purchased the Zamora Temple in an effort to create a community center. They have also attracted a new Publix grocery store, which is expected to open later this year.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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