Bellevue slated for new library to replace 1984-opened facility

Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 11:33am
Staff reports

A new Bellevue library has been selected and plans are underway to acquire the property, Metro officials have announced.

The Nashville Library Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the four-acre site on the grounds of Bellevue Middle School at Baugh and Colice Jeanne roads.

The Nashville Public Library is working with Metro Nashville Public Schools to acquire the property, and the transaction will require approval from the Metro School Board. Metro’s Fiscal Year 2010 capital spending plan contains $1 million for land acquisition. Construction costs are estimated at $10 million and would need to be approved by the Metro Council in the city’s next capital spending plan.

Plans call for an approximately 25,000-square-foot library, five times the size of the existing 5,000-square-foot library. The new library is expected to open during the second half of 2013.

“It is exciting to think about the possibilities of shared resources and programming between Bellevue Middle School and a new library right next door,” Mayor Karl Dean said in a release. “When it opens, the new Bellevue library will have more books, computers and larger spaces for children and teen areas.

Dean credited Metro Council members Bo Mitchell, Charlie Tygard and Sheri Weiner for their efforts to bring the facility to Bellevue.

“We are delighted to move ahead with the new Bellevue Branch Library,” Donna Nicely, director of the Nashville Public Library, said in the release. “We look forward to providing the wide array of programs and services so long awaited by the Bellevue community.”

The new location is less than half a mile from the existing library at 650 Colice Jeanne Road. The current library, which opened in 1984, is part of a complex that includes a fire station and community center and does not include suitable space for expansion.

Metro had initially planned to locate a new library at the Bellevue Mall but changed course after redevelopment plans for the mall did not come together. 

4 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 10/21/11 at 6:32

The council spend endless hours on Charlie Tygard's proposal with
a dubious developer to put the library in the failed Bellevue Mall. After
several wasted years on that proposal this one will hopefully work
and even more hopeful at a reasonable cost for a change!

By: yucchhii on 10/22/11 at 12:11

yucchhii Again, they can build a new CONVENTION CENTER, an 800 room omni hotel next door, a baseball stadium, a new library...BUT, they DON'T have the money to take care of the HOMELESS, they DON'T have the &&& to take care of putting down the ICE SOLVENT on the roads every winter to PREVENT accidents and they DON'T have the $$$ to improve the QUALITY OF SCHOOLS IN NASHVILLE....BUT they have PLENTY $$$$ for things that are NOT needed!!! Yeah IGNORE the things that ARE NEEDED!!! YEAH, I'M TALKING TO YOU...MAYOE DINK!!!!!!!!!!

By: Vuenbelvue on 10/24/11 at 9:18

I don't personally know anyone who goes to a library but from what the Bellevue library building and old 1920's Bellevue High School gym look like I agree they are due for replacement. I would like to point out that costs in the article seem out of place. $1 million would be $250,000 a acre for 4 acres which seems a high price anywhere. I would also like to point out that $10 million divided by 25,000 s/f is $400 a s/f. Building costs for schools are in the $150 a s/f range. $10 million will get a new elementary or middle school built for 750 students including a library, kitchen and gym. Metro projects like the new west police station near White Bridge Road and the new MDHA offices atop the Cumberland River bridge where the old Ingram barge offices had been should be reviewed by council to determine the square foot costs for future budgets like this. Why? Metro will soon be $2.6 billion plus/minus in debt and that is before the Storm and Sewer pipe projects start at a estimated $1.5 billion or more. Articles abound about renting over home ownership, devaluation of residential and commercial property and stagnation in property taxes.

By: localboy on 10/27/11 at 7:53

Wow, we are getting old...I remember the excitement when the new library opened...and now it's antiquainted. Vuenbelvue makes a good point about the cost per square foot- at what value is the property being carried on the books by the DOE?