Neighborhood Fights Library Expansion

Philadelphians cried, protested and fought last December against Mayor Michael Nutter’s budget proposal to shut down 11 libraries.  And now in Chester County, residents are fighting and protesting, too--against the expansion of their local library (And this is a bad thing?).

The Phoenixville library has run out of room and plans call for closing a section of 2nd Avenue in order to build a $6.5 million expansion on that portion of the road, authorities said.

But closing the street would divert too much traffic into neighborhoods, according to residents.

"When you increase traffic you increase risk!  And the last thing we want is the lives of our children endangered!" one resident said.

The expansion would include room for computer services and childrens' services, John Kelley, Executive Director of the Phoenixville Library said.

The Phoenixville Borough Council will take up the library expansion plans at Tuesday’s council meeting at 7p.m.

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