Shovels turn for Indian Land library

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By The Staff

When Indian Land was a rural community, and its population was sparse, few people there probably thought much about having their own community library.

Brick and mortar libraries, after all, were in cities or towns. And Indian Land was far from a city or town. Perhaps it still is, as Indian Land doesn’t have a downtown area – the characteristic that identifies most towns – but the rural community that was once Indian Land is fading fast. It’s changing and you’ll probably find few people in this booming area who don’t believe the community needs a library of its own.

Although it was mostly a formality, Lancaster County officials took an important step in making a library for Indian Land a reality Sunday afternoon. That’s when members of Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Library Board of Trustees gathered with other officials, representatives of Del Webb and residents of the area for a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site at U.S. 521 across from Jim Wilson Road near Sun City Carolina Lakes.

The new library, to be built as an anchor to the Carolina Commons shopping center, is scheduled for completion in a year. The construction and furnishing cost of the library is about $2.2 million.

Del Webb, developers of Sun City Carolina Lakes, contributed 2 acres of land and $1.5 million toward construction of the library. Library officials say they have enough money to construct the building, but need another $300,000 or so to furnish it.

The people who’ve worked for the last several years to make the library a reality deserve a big thank you. The driving forces behind the library were certainly Lancaster County Council members, Del Webb officials and county library board members.

County Council officials, of course, negotiated with Del Webb to get the company to make the substantial – and precedent-setting contributions – it made to build the library. This was done a few years ago when Del Webb was seeking approval to build its mammoth retirement community here. After that sizable amount of funding was secured, the project was mostly in the hands of Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band and the county library board. Band and board members have worked hard with architects on the plans and several groups to raise more money for the project.

In the months ahead, we look forward to seeing progress as we drive by the construction site. We hope as the building begins to take shape that others will be inspired to make those needed contributions to help furnish the library. That way, when the grand opening is held at the library, the job will be complete. We’re eagerly awaiting that day.