Campaign for new library in south Huntsville reaches funding milestone

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Some of the most influential people in Huntsville and Madison County gathered outside Grissom High School Wednesday morning.

Together, they unveiled a sign proclaiming the site of the New Bailey Cove Library the "Educational and Social Heart of South Huntsville."

The project has garnered the support of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski, Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick and Commission Chairman Dale Strong, just to name a few.

The new $8.4 million library will be a 40,000 square foot facility at the site of the current Grissom High School.

On Wednesday, Chairman Strong announced he was committing $100,000 from his operations budget to the capital campaign. Commissioner Riddick, who has championed the project since its inception four years ago, said that brings the fundraising campaign to the $1,000,000 mark.

Adding in $2 million from the City of Huntsville and an additional $2 million from Madison County, campaign organizers are 60% of the way to the goal.  Still, they say they have a long way to go before construction begins in 2017.  That's when Grissom High School moves to its new site off South Memorial Parkway.

Assuming all the money has been raised by that point, construction is expected to take at least two years, giving the library a target opening date of mid-2019.

To learn more about the fundraising campaign and the plans for the library, click here.  You can also follow the project's progress on Facebook.