Statement before Glenn A. Walsh
Historic Hazelwood Telephone: 412-561-7876
Internet Web Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
2004 March 16
Good morning. I am Glenn A.
Despite the opposition of the majority of residents in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Hazelwood, Carnegie Library closed the historic Hazelwood Library building built by Andrew Carnegie in 1900, on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. The library will be moved to a site, only three blocks away, although the opening date of this new library has only been vaguely announced as the end of March. A temporary, five-year lease has been signed for this new library space.
If this library move must go forward, at this time, then Carnegie Library must begin fundraising and planning for rehabilitation of the historic Hazelwood Library building, to allow the return of the library branch to the historic Hazelwood Library building at the end of the five-year lease. If the library is not returned to the historic Hazelwood Library building, this building will sit empty and unused for many years, as did the Buhl Planetarium building.
Deferred maintenance of the historic Hazelwood Library building, by Carnegie Library, has resulted in a building with many needs:
1) A new roof
3) Updated heating, ventilation, electrical, and water systems—and, eventually air conditioning
4) Area for parking
Any new tenant of this building would be responsible for meeting these many needs. But, why would any potential tenant want to deal with these problems—particularly considering that a lot of new office space will be built a few blocks away, in the J&L development site, in the next few years? In its deplorable condition, this library building will not be able to compete with the new developments in the neighborhood.
So, the historic Hazelwood Library building will continue as another boarded-up eyesore, in the neighborhood, for many years to come.
Pittsburgh City Council must
tell Carnegie Library that they must live-up to their responsibilities to the
community of Hazelwood, just as they did in the neighborhood of
The historic Hazelwood Library building was built to be a library. And, in its current deplorable condition, no one will want to rent the building from the City. Do you want this City building to be a continuing vacant, eyesore, as Hazelwood tries to rebuild its neighborhood? If not, then you must tell Carnegie Library to begin planning and fundraising for rehabilitation of the historic Hazelwood Library building and return to the building after the fire-year lease expires.