Public Statement - 2004 March 16:
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh before Pittsburgh City Council:
Closing of Historic Hazelwood Library Building
Carnegie Library Should Rehabilitate Historic Building and
Return Library to Historic Building, at End of Temporary 5-Year Lease
SPECIAL NOTICE - 2004 March 10:
PERMANENT CLOSURE-HAZELWOOD LIBRARY BLDG: SAT 5 PM
LAST CHANCE TO SEE, AND PHOTOGRAPH, THIS HISTORIC LIBRARY BUILDING
For many years, Hazelwood was the home to a major steel mill of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation. In the 1980s, "J&L" merged with Cleveland-based LTV Steel Corporation. In the mid-1990s, LTV went into bankruptcy and closed the Hazelwood mill and adjacent coke plant.
Hazelwood has one of the original branch library buildings, donated by Andrew Carnegie on 1900 August 15. Andrew Carnegie considered neighborhood branch libraries to be as important, if not more important, than a city's Main Branch library. So, two valuable features included with this neighborhood branch library were a 250-seat auditorium and a beautiful stained-glass dome above the library's original oak circulation desk at the Library entrance.
The management of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has proposed moving the Hazelwood Branch Library from the original building into a second-floor rental unit, above a laundramat and a deli which sells beer, three blocks away. The original building would be boarded-up and abandoned, in hopes that some reuse could be found sometime in the future.
However, if the building stays abandoned too long [as several other buildings in the neighborhood are also abandoned and vacant, along with many vacant lots], it may deteriorate to the point where it would be too expensive to be reused. This happened with the former Lawrence Paint Building, which was located across West Carson Street from the Lower Station of The Duquesne Incline, before it was demolished a few years ago.
The majority of residents of the Hazelwood neighborhood oppose moving the library out of the historic building. We now seek to convince Carnegie Library and City officials [the historic library building is owned by the City of Pittsburgh] that another abandoned building is not in the best interests of Hazelwood.
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Pittsburgh PA 15230-1041