Satellite Library Branch Set to Open in Cedar Hill | Local News
The Jefferson County Library plans to open a fourth location in Cedar Hill this year, executive director Tony Benningfield said.
The library purchased land with a 2,400 square foot building at 6780 Mall Drive in Cedar Hill, along with adjacent vacant land for the new satellite location, he said.
This property is next to Savannah Restaurant and Bar.
Benningfield said the property with the building cost $300,000 and the empty lot next to it cost another $67,000. All assets were purchased from Tazz Investments.
He said the board voted unanimously to buy the property and the library was using money from its reserve account to pay for the purchase.
“We didn’t want to rent, we wanted to own,” Benningfield said. “We want it to feel and be permanent.”
Benningfield said the building was a small shopping complex that housed several businesses over the years, including a hair salon and a thrift store. It’s currently split into four spaces and will be remodeled, which he says will cost less than $150,000.
“We have a lot of walls to knock down and make it a bigger open space, making it one unit instead of four,” he said.
Benningfield said while design plans aren’t set, the location could have a drive-thru for people to pick up items.
He said the satellite location will make library services more accessible to counties in the western part of the county.
“We are establishing a smaller system in the most rural part of this Northwestern district (R-1 school),” Benningfield said. “He will have a collection of books; it will have public computer access and Internet access.
He said the board hasn’t decided on an official name for the fourth location, but is currently calling it the Cedar Hill satellite branch and hopes to open it by September.
Benningfield said after reviewing a map, it was clear a satellite location was needed.
“There was a big swath of land to the southwest with thousands of people who had to travel 20 miles to even get to the High Ridge branch. By putting (a branch) in Cedar Hill, it’s the perfect location and it cuts the distance in half for everyone in Hillsboro and Grandview,” he said.
Benningfield said it will be considered a “satellite branch” because of its small size and because it won’t offer as many resources. The new location is one-tenth the size of the library’s 24,000 square foot northwest branch.
He said all online databases available at other branches of the library system will be accessible, but the satellite location will not have a magazine collection. It will also not process passport applications.
However, the new branch will have around 10,000 books, Benningfield said.
“It will have everything everyone expects from a library,” he said.
He said the North West branch had about 94,000 items in its collection, the Arnold branch had about 80,000 and the Windsor branch had about 46,000.
People will be able to request materials from other branches, which could arrive in as little as a day.
He said there will also be a meeting room and several computers for public use at the satellite branch.
He said five or six people will be hired once the site opens. He said the location will have the same hours as the other three branches — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The library system also has the northwest branch at 5680 Hwy. PP in High Ridge, Arnold branch is at 1701 Missouri State Road and Windsor branch is at 7479 Metropolitan Blvd. in Barthart.