City Council Approves Land for New Library

During their June 18th meeting, Mayor and City Council approved an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to give 3.07 acres of land to Bryan County for the construction of a new library. The land is located at the intersection of Town Centre and Ford Avenue.

Area in red shows the approximate location of the land given to Bryan County for construction of new library.

Chris Lovell, the city manager, told council that; “The gist of this MOU is that we will be giving the land to the county in exchange for them paying for infrastructure upgrades that we will have to put in.” To hear the full explanation of this agenda item, watch the live stream, starting at the 33 minute mark.

According to the MOU, Bryan County will be paying $420,625.85 for the infrastructure upgrade to be provided by the city. This includes roadway construction, installation of all utilities, construction of drainages, helping the library collect impact fee on any future residential development within the city, as well as assisting with any infrastructural design of the library. This 3.07 acres is a section of the recently purchased “51-acres” as it’s collectively known as. More information about this 51-acres can be found on the Richmond Hill City Government website:
https://www.richmondhill-ga.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=143

As soon the title ownership of the land transfers from the City to the County, they will have two years to begin the plan development and design process.

The construction of the library will be consistent with the City Ford Overlay District and the overall concept outlined on the “Ford Avenue Property Master Plan”, shown below.

The MOU was approved unanimously.

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