Survey to expire on where new James Island Library should go

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Source: WCSC Bi Lo location
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Source: WCSC Baxter Patrick location

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Next week a decision will be made on where to put the new James Island Library.

There are several options on the table.

The Charleston County Library Board has recommended two locations.

The old Bi Lo building on Folly Road, and a site on Dills Bluff Road just down from the current library.

On May 28, at a Finance Committee meeting, Charleston County Council voted in favor of the library to be built on the site where the old Baxter Patrick Elementary school used to be, on South Grimball Road.

"The Baxter Patrick site is located very south of the island," Carol Tempel, of James Island, who helped create the survey, said. "Most people aren't going in that direction."

It's part of the reason why a citizen survey was created last week by four people who live on James Island.

Tempel said it was to give the County Council a chance to see where the people on the island want the new library to go.

"[If} people [keep] coming onto the island like they are, this would be a better spot for it," Patricia Sanders, who favors the Bi Lo location, said.

The survey includes questions about where you live or work, which Charleston County Library you currently use, and most importantly what site is the best choice for the new library.

As of 2:52 p.m. that survey shows roughly 76% favor the Bi Lo location.

Several reasons include the proximity to schools and convenience.

"Bi Lo has access to bus service, because there's a CARTA stop there," Tempel said. "There's a lot of activity in the shopping center. People come this way down Folly Road."

"I guess it is more centrally located on James Island, so it makes more sense," William Culk, who also favors the location, added.

Not all people have voted for the Bi Lo location though.

As of 2:52 p.m. Thursday, roughly six-percent would like to see it built on the Baxter Patrick site.

"That area is really being developed, and there are going to be more people in that area," Alvin Richardson, who favors the Baxter Patrick site, said. "I think it's a good location for it."

This public survey will close at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

The Charleston County Council will vote on the location for the new James Island Library on Tuesday.

The survey can be found here:

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