Statement before the        Glenn A. Walsh

  Council of the                 P.O. Box 1041

City of                       Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.

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        Building ?                    2009 December 8


Good morning, I am Glenn A. Walsh of 633 Royce Avenue, Mt. Lebanon. Today I am speaking as a private citizen representing no organization.


Regarding the proposed sale of the original Hazelwood Library in the Mayor’s revised budget proposal, does the Mayor realize that this building cannot be demolished? Several years ago, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation had this building designated as a "City Designated Historic Structure." This building cannot be torn down!


Carnegie Library abandoned this building in deplorable shape. Hence, for all practical purposes, the market value of this building is ZERO !!!

More importantly, this building holds great historic value as one of the first neighborhood library branches built by Andrew Carnegie. In addition to the historic facade, the building contains beautiful wood-work, original book stacks and

circulation desk, and a unique and ornamental skylight.

Further, this building includes a 250-seat auditorium which was utilized by the

Neighborhood until the building was completely closed.

Carnegie Library should renovate and reuse the original Hazelwood Library building as a public library, what it was designed for. This building and auditorium is the gem of Hazelwood and needs to return to use by the general public. Carnegie Library Board member Senator Jay Costa has already said he wants the Hazelwood Library moved out of its present building, due to beer sales on the first floor.


I, respectfully, ask that the original Hazelwood Library building be withdrawn from the list of buildings for sale by the City of Pittsburgh.


Thank you.