Lake Norman & Mooresville

Mooresville hopes to build branch library

Mooresville hopes to build a branch library in the next couple of years to serve the rapidly growing Lake Norman side of town.

At least 37 percent of the downtown library's 43,000 registered users live in the 28117 ZIP code, which encompasses the west side of Mooresville, Assistant Town Manager Erskine Smith said.

“This area has seen tremendous growth over the past several years,” Smith wrote in a June 24 letter to Iredell County Manager Joel Mashburn. “This growth appears to have no end ... The Town Board and staff believe a library placed in this location will have outstanding success.”

Town commissioners agreed last week to ask the county to include an amount to be determined in the county's 2010-11 budget to operate a west Mooresville branch of the Mooresville Public Library. The town would find a location for the 15,000-square-foot branch and build it, town officials said.

County commissioners would have final say on whether to include the money in the county's 2010-11 budget.

Mooresville has identified a possible leased site for the branch in the Brawley School Road/Morrison Plantation Parkway area, Smith said.

He also said he has talked with Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent Terry Holliday about construction of a recreation center/library on the Woodland Heights Elementary School campus, on Forest Lake Boulevard off Brawley School Road.