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Allen County Public Library formally receives facilities master plan

Allen County Libraries

The Allen County Public Library formally received a recommended masters facilities plan on Thursday.

The board met in a special session to receive the plan and hear public comment. The process has been ongoing for the past few months to allow community members to hear the suggested plans and give feedback, either through public comment or online surveys.

The updated plan includes a brand new Huntertown facility to accommodate for population growth that “cannot be adequately serviced by the Dupont and Grabill branches.”

Between 2010 and 2020 the Huntertown population grew by over 4,000.

The recommended plan also includes new facilities in Aboite, Dupont and Shawnee with extensive renovations for the other 11 branches.

At the board meeting last month, members of the public showed concern over closing the Georgetown branch. The updated version of the plan will instead try to expand the branch by purchasing adjacent property.

If that version doesn't work, it still allows for closure of the Georgetown branch and creation of a new branch in that community.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.
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