Escambia Approves Building Purchase For New Library In District 1

September 21, 2018

The Escambia County Commission Thursday night approved the purchase of a former bank for the future home of a new West Florida Library branch.

The former Wells Fargo Bank location at 6425 Mobile Highway, just south of the fairgrounds, will be the first library branch located in District 1.

The property “is an ideal location for a new library branch. The site is already developed and has ample parking, it is located across the street from Bellview Elementary and Middle schools, which serve as transfer points for high schoolers being transported to specialty career path schools, and this property is high and dry with a low risk of flooding,” according to the county.

The county received appraisals of $750,000 and $645,000 for the 4.46 acre property and 2,185 square foot band branch building that includes an additional 2,173 square foot covered drive-thru teller area.


6 Responses to “Escambia Approves Building Purchase For New Library In District 1”

  1. Richard W on February 9th, 2019 12:02 pm

    I just had a conversation while downtown at the main library about why was there no library in the Bellview area. It was something I thought was always lacking among a host of amenities that make a community whole.So, this is great news to hear , but lets hope that years don’t drag by before they actually build the library. What I would see next in the area is retail area that we find more on the other end of town along more affordable newer housing in the area for those of average income. Again, great news on the library in Bellview.

  2. Rick on September 21st, 2018 10:48 pm

    Good deal. I live close to this location. Only question I have is why are the appraisals so different in price. I guess difference in appraisal criteria at each company.

  3. William2 on September 21st, 2018 7:40 pm

    This is the best news I have heard in a long time, the main library branch is not an option for many people. Something like this should have been done years ago instead of building useless garbage like the so called archery park that’s never open or much less a necessary part of the community.

  4. Laura on September 21st, 2018 6:21 pm

    So thrilled they are not giving up on libraries! Thank you!

  5. Freda on September 21st, 2018 4:28 pm

    THis is great it’s close to BEULAH. It would be nice if we could get a bus out here like they have every place in town even one of those small ones. I guess the long side walk to nowhere will have to do. I guess we are just lucky for the redbox at the tomthumb and the dollar general. This is really getting ridiculous out here all of these subdivisions being built and nothing else. Do our firefighters get paid are or they still volunteer out here?

  6. Mary on September 21st, 2018 11:27 am

    Great News!

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