Library coming to West of Boynton; is a park and civic center next?


If all goes as planned, the suburban Boynton Beach community could have a new library in less than three years.

A library for this growing area — specifically behind Canyon Town Center off Boynton Beach Boulevard — has been longed for by the residents, and obtaining it has become an effort championed by the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations group.

Palm Beach County will be building the library on land it owns. For the beginning stages of the project, the county will use money derived from the library district, said Todd Bonlarron, an assistant county administrator. Where money will come from for the rest of the multi-million-dollar project still has to be determined, he said.

The news of a 2019 completion was delivered during the county’s library advisory board meeting last week.

“We are absolutely thrilled that this is the current view of the library board and we are totally in support of it,” COBWRA president Glen Harvie said Monday.

Director Douglas Crane said he would be meeting this week with County Administrator Verdenia Baker and staff to start planning.

The library would be two stories and “state of the art,” according to COBWRA. Planning and design would be done in 2018 and building would be completed by 2019 or sooner.

A library would knock one item off COBWRA’s wish list. They also want a park and a civic center, and say just like the library, that area’s recent growth makes them necessities.

The three would be located in the same Canyons area. While the suburban Boynton community already has a library and a park, the Canyons area itself has four communities of about 2,000 homes.

The park would be paid for with money raised from the $2.7 billion sales tax plan to repair roads, bridges, schools and county buildings — if voters approve it. It could cost about $15 million and would include sports fields, dog parks and pickle ball courts, according to a conceptual plan. The civic center could be in an area within the library, Harvie said.

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