Plans for a new Middletown library continue, but exactly what it will contain is yet to be decided.

County Executive Jan Gardner told Middletown Burgess John Miller in a recent discussion that including a senior center at the new town library scheduled to open in fiscal 2023 may make the project too expensive, and the county will examine other possible locations, Miller said Monday.

Miller’s comments came in a discussion with the town’s commissioners and Planning Commission about a planned 148-unit active adult development off Coblentz Road that is slated to have a community center as part of it.

But the library would be separate from the county senior center planned to go in the Middletown area.

County spokeswoman Vivian Laxton said it’s early in the process and the county is examining a variety of locations for where the senior center could go.

“We are just brainstorming at this point,” Laxton said.

The Frederick County Division of Senior Services did not return calls for comment Tuesday.

The new Middletown library is slated to go on a parcel of land on East Green Street adjacent to the Middletown Glen subdivision.

The new library is expected to be 15,000 square feet, the county library system announced in 2017, a significant increase from the 2,500-square-foot site built on Prospect Street in 1991.

The Urbana and Emmitsburg libraries have senior centers at the same location as the libraries.

It’s too early in the process to discuss details of the project, including additional costs that would be associated with a senior center at the library, Frederick County Public Libraries spokeswoman Samantha Jones said Tuesday, and they had no further comment.

According to the county’s capital improvement program, the library project is expected to cost $7.8 million.

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Sounds like they are considering to put the senior center in the 55 + development. Not a bad idea, especially if the developer pays for it. ..As the 55+ development will all be seniors, the developer should pay for it.

Now what will the center contain? How about exercise machines? Might be able to get the Y to help out on this. Maybe an inexpensive lunch room. Might even contain a respite location, where seniors could go for short stays.

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