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Library nearing completion
far behind schedule
While forcing the library to store books in
an increasingly cramped facility for yet an
other semester, delays in finishing the new
building have given his staff time to develop
By 1UI1CHAEL TOOLE
Tar Heel Staff Writer
The long-awaited Walter Royal Davis li
brary, originally scheduled to open last fall, is
moving slowly but surely toward completion,
according to an official in the University plan- plans which - will facilitate the move when it
ning office. does happen, Alford said.-
Gordon "H. Rutherford, director of facility Alford said staff members had already mea-
planning, said the $22 million facility should sured about 50 miles of books and stacks in
be finished soon but that a specific completion their preparation for a now delayed entry date
date cannot be determined at present. . .' V of Aug. 8.
"We're having some problems, but we've "We've already finished much of the plan
set some deadlines next week for the contrac- ' ning and hired a professional moving com-
tors," Rutherford said. ay then we snouia pany wmcn specializes m moving uoranes,
have a better idea of when it will be finished."
However, a quick end to construction does
not mean the library will be available for stu
dent use this fall because library officials have
decided to -wait until early January to begin
moving Wilson Library's contents to Davis Li
Preparation for the move began even earlier
than this planning, Alford said. For three
treated to accommodate a theft detection de
vice that will be in Davis Library, Alford said.
- Alford said the device will be similar to that
Although the entire move will take six to in the undergraduate library, but he refused to
eight weeks, about two months will be needed
to install necessary furniture and equipment
before books can be transferred, said Larry P.
Alford, head of the circulation department
and coordinator of the move.
"The University librarian has determined
that we should not try to move during the
middle of a semester," Alford said. "It would
be disruptive to the academic process to try to
move while midterm papers and exams are go
Moving at the beginning of a semester will
still be somewhat disruptive, but Wilson Li
brary will remain open during the move except
for a three-day period when the public depart
ments such as circulation and business will be
moved, Alford said. That period will probably
take place over a weekend to niinimize any in
convenience, he added.
Alford said that in addition the new library
would be opened before the move was totally
comment on what was being done to the
"If we talked publicly about how it works,
people would try to find a way to defeat it,"
Although most of the University's volumes
will be moved to their new home in Davis Li
brary, departments such as the North Carolina
collection and the Rare Book collection will re
main in the older facility making Wilson Li
brary "essentially a special collections library,"
Alford said these collections will be moved
to new stacks in Wilson Library when they are
vacated by the move to the new library.
The 1929 and 1952 sections of Wilson Li
brary which now house the special collections
and other volumes will undergo two-year re
novations, Alford said. During that time, en
trance to the collections will be made through
a door opening onto Raleigh Road, he added.
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The Walter R. Davis
library (above) is
nearly finished, and
library staff are
planning to begin
moving in January.
(left) will open by
Four shopping cen W
By BEN PERKOVSKI
Tar Heel Staff Writer
Judging by the amount of shopping center
construction in and around town, Chapel Hiil
Carrboro needs more places to browse and
- By November there will be at least four new
shopping areas around Chapel Hill: Cole Park
Plaza, about five miles south of Chapel Hill
on U.S. Highway 15-501; Willow Creek, off
N.C. Highway 54 bypass on Jones" Ferry
Road; Timberlyne Village, on Weaver Dairy
Road just off N.C. Highway 86; and Franklin
Center on Franklin Street.
Franklin Center is the new minimall open
ing in August where Pegasus was. The build
ing is presently undergoing reconstruction.
There will be a circular staircase in the mid
dle of the three-level mall, above which will be
a stained-glass dome. The mall will house six
or seven stores and office space.
Tenants already committed include: Johnny
T-shirt, Subway, Foto-mat, Copy-quick, Gol
den Dragon Restaurant, and Tripody's, a deli
catessan. Mike Helpingstine, one of the founders of
the minimall, said that while several stores, in
cluding Johnny T-shirt, will open Aug. 15, the
entire mall won't be fully, completed until
about Oct. 1.
Willow Creek shopping center, j ust past Old
Well Apartments on Jones' Ferry Road should,
be open by October and will have a McDonald's,
Food Lion, Kerr Drug, and more than 20 variety
Joe Hakan, Willow Creeks owner, said
other stores include a laundromat, hair salon,
a pizza place, and some professional offices.
Cole Park Plaza, on ILS. 15-501 South, will
be built in four phases with the first phase
open by Sept. 1 . The first phase will contain a
Lowe's Food Store and a Revco Drugstore.
The second phase should be ready by Nov. 1
and will have about 20 small shops, including a
sporting goods store, exercise clinic and a laun
dromat. ' , .' -
Phase 3, to be completed this spring, will
have a variety store, a bank and a hardware
store. The fourth phase will be a professional
building open in about a year.
Thomas Cole Hudson, the owner of Cole
Park Plaza, said that the land for the plaza has
been in the Cole family since 1780.
Timberlyne Village will be located just off
N.C. 86 on Weaver Dairy Road near where the
new Intrtntf-4fl PYtencinn mA cnmn tVirrtiifth
Orange Count. Construction should be com
pleted by Nov. L f
Some of the stores will include: Kerr Drug,
Food Lion, a book store, a sporting goods
store, a unisex haircutting salon, a record
store, a spa, a florist, a bank and a restaurant.
Bob McAuliffv. Timherlvnp Villa ac nutner
said it will be a high quality project. "I've been
involved with shopping centers almost 35 years
and this is about the most exciting project I've
seen," he said. -
Thursday, August 4, 1983 The Tar Heel 5