Removal of house would pave the way for library expansion

Published 6:11 pm Friday, December 23, 2016

The Brown Library Board of Trustees wants the city to remove a nearby house so the library can expand.

The city owns the brick house, which it acquired so the library could expand at some point in the future. The trustees discussed the matter with the Friends of the Brown Library and librarian. Based on their input, the trustees voted to proceed with asking the city to facilitate removal of the house.

“The Brown Library board has met and is requesting the City of Washington file a certificate of appropriateness to remove or either take down the house at 415 W. Second St., which is the former A&B Tax office,” City Manager Bobby Roberson told the City Council at its Dec. 12 meeting. “Unless you have an objection to it, I’m going ask the staff to move forward on it. As you well know, anytime we apply for a certificate of appropriateness, it would be one year from the date it’s approved. Subsequently, staff would look for someone to move the house or actually take the house down. That would be the process for us.”

Councilwoman Virginia Finnerty had questions about the house. “You’re talking about tearing it down?” she asked.

“It’s either tearing it down or moving it,” Roberson said.

“How do you move a brick building?” Finnerty inquired.

“They move them,” Mayor Mac Hodges replied.

“You have to take the bricks off, and then you would have to find a contractor to move it,” Roberson said.

“You remove the building; what’s going to go there, an empty lot?” Finnerty said.

“No. Actually, the library has expansion plans. They will be brining that up during the budget process,” Roberson said. “In essence, what they want to do is expand the library for the children’s library. It’s been discussed in the capital-improvements program.”



About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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