Statement before the Glenn A. Walsh
Asset District: Telephone: 412-561-7876
Abandonment of Electronic Mail: < email@example.com >
Historic North Side Internet Web Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
Carnegie Library 2006 November 27
Good afternoon. I am Glenn A. Walsh of
According to a news article published in the November 2 issue of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh School Superintendent Mark Roosevelt rejected the proposal, promoted by the Children’s Museum, to move the Rogers CAPA Middle School into the original Allegheny Regional Branch of Carnegie Library, due to the high cost of renovating the Library building. According to the article, Mr. Roosevelt said that the cost of renovating the library "would be two or three times, maybe four or five times the cost of Milliones" (school in the Hill District).
There you have it! Insurance will pay to have the
building restored as a library. But, the cost of renovating the Allegheny
Regional Library into some other use is beyond the capability of the
If Carnegie Library to allowed to abandon the Allegheny Regional Library, it will be Buhl Planetarium all over again. The Allegheny Regional Library will sit empty and unused for years and years. After nearly three years, the historic Hazelwood Branch Library building, with a 250-seat auditorium, remains empty and unused with no prospects for future use.
The property on
It is in the best interests of the Regional Asset District to maintain a strong and sustainable urban core, for a continual growing sales tax revenue stream. Allowing Carnegie Library to abandon the original Allegheny Regional Branch building will adversely affect the core of the North Side, including several nearby RAD-funded assets such as the Hazlett Theatre, Children’s Museum, and National Aviary.
To maintain a strong and sustainable North Side, the
answer is simple. Use the
You hold the purse-strings for Carnegie Library. You
need to tell the Board and Management of Carnegie Library that you oppose any
action that will result in an empty library building, in the center of