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Study Shows Fenton's Library Needs more than $200,000 in Repairs

The city began using its former U.S. Post Office on Caroline Street as a library.

Many people commented in a recent Fenton Patch poll that they'd like to see a new library in Fenton and a recent study suggests major improvements need to be made at the current facility.

The Fenton City Council has asked Manager Lynn Markland to begin the process for a feasibility study of the current Jack R. Winegarden Library back in June.

The study would tell the city whether it should put more money into its current building, or start thinking of a new location for the library.

Those numbers are in and repairs could be in the range $200,000 or more, while a new building could cost $5.2 milllion, according to the Tri-County Times.

The city converted its former U.S. Post Office on Caroline Street to a library.

The study showed the building needs more book storage, more meeting and study rooms and more public work stations in addition to needing new windows, roof and lighting upgrades, according to the Flint Journal.

"...The library is in dire need of replacement. Not only is it simply weird to put a library in an old post office, but the space is totally insufficient for the use that building gets," Glenn Fischer posted on Fenton Patch.

"...Our biggest shame is a lack of investment in a library facility that reflects the millions of dollars we have spent on school technological and facility improvements..." Pete Toriello commented on Fenton Patch.

Amanda Fegan February 08, 2013 at 01:20 PM
are you sure about that date? My family moved to the area in 1976 and I remember going to that building as a post office into my teens, which would have been the 80's...
R Martin February 08, 2013 at 02:39 PM
I think it was a post office when I moved here in 1978. I would love to see them repair the old building, tear down the house next door and add on. I love the location and with the Cornerstone project going right there it will be a wonderful location for people to walk to. It could be done so well. We need to keep every ounce of charm we can in that area.
Jason Alexander (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Does anyone know the exact year it became the library?
Penny Fausey February 08, 2013 at 04:03 PM
1987 according the the Fenton Hisorical Society which maintains the A J Phillips Fenton Museum on Leroy Street that used to house the Fenton Library.
Jason Alexander (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Thanks Penny!

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