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If Fort Bend Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers gets his way, Cross Creek Ranch residents will soon be checking out books from an expanded library near the new Texas Heritage Parkway.
Meyers is hoping to relocate the Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library from its current location, 8100 FM 359, to a larger facility about half a mile north of FM 1093.
The new library would be expanded from 10,500 square feet to approximately 30,000 to 40,000 square feet. At the least, that would mean approximately 19,500 more square feet available for books, meeting rooms and programming!
The library would be situated on 5 acres donated by the Ginter family. It would be funded by a previous bond issue for construction, furniture, fixtures and the book collection. Past bonds that included funds for library expansions were approved by voters in 2013 and 2015.
Meyers is no stranger to building libraries. He helped choose the Cinco Ranch Branch Library’s site and design, picking a location near a lake with lots of trees. While he has not settled on an architectural plan for the new library, he hopes to create a building that harmonizes with its natural surroundings.
Construction could start as early as 2019, coinciding with construction of the Texas Heritage Parkway. The Parkway is a major north-south thoroughfare project between I-10 and FM 1093 that is expected to be completed in late 2020.
As far as we are concerned, more books are a very good thing. We are looking forward to the reading them all.