As a result of a rezoning request from the developer last year, the new library will be located east of Rutlandshire Drive, in an area more visible to Route 301 while still being in the Rutland community.
The new Atlee Library will be surrounded primarily by retail and office space and the site is currently being cleared. According to David Maloney, the County’s Director of Planning, this site provides an opportunity to create “more of an activity center, with planned retail and greater visibility and access from Route 301.”
Retail uses will front on U.S. Rt. 301 and office and library uses will be located to the rear of the property next to the residential uses. A traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Rutlandshire Drive and U.S. Route 301.
The new Atlee Library expected to be about 20,000 square feet, which is roughly double the size of the existing storefront library in the Atlee Square Shopping Center. Funding for design is included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 County budget through a $900,000 grant from the Pamunkey Regional Library, which is the regional library system to which all of Hanover’s libraries belong.
Construction on the new Atlee Library is scheduled to begining 2019. The County will have to obtain a conditional use permit before construction can begin.