Mid-City Library Lease Extended Until January 31

NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitch Landrieu, District A Councilmember Susan Guidry and New Orleans Public Library Director Charles Brown announced the lease for the Library’s Mid-City branch location has been extended until January 31, 2016, following productive conversations with the branch’s landlord, ACV VII, LLC.

         In the meantime, City and Library officials committed to securing a long-term location for the Mid-City branch, which they hope to announce by February.

         “I want to thank all parties for working together to reach this agreement, and I want to especially thank Councilmember Guidry for her leadership in this effort,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Libraries continue to be one of the most accessible avenues to education for any age and are important to personal and professional development – especially to those without access to resources at home. Thanks to the strong support of voters, we will continue to expand the services our public libraries offer as we strengthen our commitment to equal opportunity and shared prosperity for all New Orleanians.”

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         District A Councilmember Susan Guidry said, “Mid-City residents have shown their need and desire for a permanent library, as the Mid-City branch is heavily used. I thank ACV VII, LLC and their counsel, the Steeg Firm, for working with us on this, and I look forward to finding a permanent home for the Mid-City branch.”

         New Orleans Public Library Director Charles Brown said, “We are very grateful to Councilmember Guidry and our landlord for working with us so we can continue serving the Mid-City community. We also thank the voters of New Orleans for giving us the resources in May’s special election to add locations and expand services of the public library system throughout New Orleans, including Mid-City. We are fully committed to a Mid-City branch and hope to announce a new, long-term location in the coming months. In the meantime, we will do everything we can to minimize any potential disruption of services to residents.”

         On August 28, 2015, ACV VII, LLC, informed the City of New Orleans that it intended to terminate the lease of the Mid-City library, which had transitioned to a month-to-month lease in October 2014, effective November 1, 2015. The landlord also informed the City that the termination was due to another vendor wanting to expand their footprint.

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         Following discussions led by Councilmember Guidry, the landlord, prospective tenant and public library agreed to extend the termination date to January 31, 2016. The Mid-City branch will continue to operate on a month-to-month lease until that date. In the event the Library finds a new location and wishes to terminate the lease sooner, the Library is to provide the landlord with a 30-day written notice.

 

 

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