before the Glenn
Council of P.O. Box
The City of Pittsburgh,
Carnegie Library’s Electronic Mail: < email@example.com
Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc
Good morning. I am Glenn A. Walsh of 633 Royce Avenue, Mt. Lebanon.
Today I am speaking as a private citizen representing no organization.
On December 27, the 134th Pittsburgh City
Council approved the sale of land, to Carnegie Library, which will permit the
abandonment of the historic Allegheny Regional Branch of The Carnegie Library
This will have significant and negative financial ramifications for the City of
In 1994, when The Carnegie Science Center abandoned
the original Buhl Planetarium building, for nearly ten years the City of
Pittsburgh had to maintain a “mothballed” historic building in the core of the
historic Allegheny City business district, now known as Allegheny Center.
Likewise, in 2004, when Carnegie Library abandoned the historic Hazelwood
Library building, since that time the City of Pittsburgh has had to maintain a
“mothballed” historic building only a block from the Second Avenue business
Once a new library building is finished and occupied
on Federal Street,
Carnegie Library will completely abandon the original Allegheny Regional
Branch. Their primary reason for downsizing library services on the North Side
is to save money. Hence, they will not continue to maintain two library
buildings on the Lower North Side, just as The Carnegie Science
Center refused to
continue to maintain two science museum buildings on the Lower North Side. The
older books on the second floor of the Allegheny Regional Branch will be moved
back to Oakland, and the building will be
turned-back to the City of Pittsburgh.
So, the City of Pittsburgh
will have to maintain a second mothballed library branch for an indefinite
period of time. But, unlike the Buhl Planetarium and Hazelwood Library
examples, the Allegheny Regional Library can only be partially mothballed.
Unlike Buhl and the Hazelwood Library, the water pipes
of the Allegheny Regional Library cannot be winterized because two other
tenants of the building, the New Hazlett Theater and the Senior Citizen
Center, require water
service. Consequently, heat in the Allegheny Regional Branch section of the
building can not be reduced much below +55 degrees Fahrenheit, lest water pipes
near the exterior walls risk being frozen and possible bursting. Particularly
considering the size of the Allegheny Regional Library building, which is
larger than both Buhl and the Hazelwood Library, this will add significant additional
costs to the City of Pittsburgh, for maintaining the Allegheny Regional Library
I would ask that the 135th Pittsburgh City Council reevaluate the advisability
of allowing Carnegie Library to abandon the Allegheny Regional Library building.