before Glenn A. Walsh
Council -- P.O. Box 1041
Hazelwood Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.
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Web Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
Good morning. I am Glenn A.
Walsh of 633
Mount Lebanon. Today, I am representing no formal organization.
The Carnegie Library of
Pittsburgh has proposed to move the Hazelwood Branch Library three blocks, to
the second floor of a new building on Second Avenue. They would “mothball” the original Library building
for one year—until ownership reverts back to the City of Pittsburgh.
The Carnegie did the same
thing with the Buhl Planetarium building in 1994. The building was abandoned
and “mothballed” until it was turned-back to the City at the end of 1996. Look
how long the Buhl Planetarium building has been empty! Does the City want to be
responsible for another empty Carnegie building? It could remain empty and
boarded-up for years!
This is exactly what happened
in Camden, New
Library was moved out of the original Carnegie Library building many years ago.
The original Carnegie Library building has been empty and boarded-up for more
than a decade!
Beatrice M. Caraballo, an author and historian, is
part of a private group now trying to rehabilitate the historic Camden
library building. In a letter she sent to me, for public distribution, she
“The Carnegie Library has been vacant for many
years after the library was removed from the building. The structure has
endured the torment of violent weather and constant neglect. The roof of the
building has collapsed and homeless vagrants find this to be their nightly
rest. The moving of the library from this building affected the community in a
negative manner…I wish the City of Pittsburgh
and its residents all the luck in their efforts to save their library. I beg
the officials to please venture all outlets before you make a drastic choice
you will not be able to mend.”
On the reverse side of this statement is her letter
in its entirety.
I saw vegetation growing out
of the roof of the Camden library building, myself, in July of 1998. It is in a
very similar dilapidated condition as is the Pennsylvania Railroad Station
building in Wilkinsburg, next to the East Busway. This could happen to the Hazelwood Library building if Carnegie
Library is permitted to abandon the building.
The historic Hazelwood Branch
Library building is owned by the City of Pittsburgh and several of you sit on the Carnegie Library Board
of Trustees. I ask that you insist that Carnegie Library abide by the wishes of
the majority of Hazelwood residents and stop the proposed move of the Hazelwood
Library, out of the historic building that has successfully hosted the library
for more than 103 years.