City County Library Debate

Elected officials from the city of Frederick and Frederick County met on Wednesday to discuss plans for a new library. From left: Alderman Ben MacShane, Alderman Kelly Russell, Mayor Michael O’Connor, Alderman Donna Kuzemchak, Frederick County Public Libraries Director James Kelly (at podium), Alderman Derek Shackelford, Alderman Katie Nash. Seated at the dais are, from right, Council Member Kai Hagen, Council Member Jerry Donald, County Executive Jan Gardner, Council Member M.C. Keegan-Ayer, Council Member Jessica Fitzwater, Council Member Steve McKay.

Frederick County and city officials were unable Wednesday to reach agreement about the site for a library branch on the west side of the city.

Two potential locations are under consideration for the new library branch.

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Even before reading the article I noticed the very unfortunate photo of the County gods looking down on their humble subjects. Sad


The City is totally dysfunctional. They have a plan for a community center with absolutely no idea of what services they will provide, when they will build it, and how much it will cost. Yet they want the county to wait until they figure this out. How long will that take?




it would seem to me that the Hines Avenue site is a no brainier and i cannot see why there is so much knit picking going on about a new library.from what i read in the article everything needed for the new library is at the Hines Avenue location.


I think the main issue with Himes is that it is so close to the downtown library.


Hopefully the County will prevail and place the library at the Oak Street location.



"Moreover, Gardner said, the Himes Avenue site is on 26 acres of county land and would include substantial on-site parking, while the Contender Way site would not have enough space for parking.

Hundreds more homes are within a half-mile of the Himes Avenue site than the Contender Way option, Gardner said during the town hall meeting in May."

If those are the only 2 options, it seems clear that Himes Avenue is the better site.

Perhaps this has been suggested and shot down, but what about the old Fredericktown Mall property?


Any location right along 40 over there would provide the most equitable site location for the communities both north and south of the Golden Mile. Unfortunately, neither the City nor the County control any such property and there’s none for sale, including the mall. At least, that’s the answer I got when I asked a similar question.

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