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New library could be just the beginning for booming Bellevue

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There are some big plans ahead for one of the fastest growing areas in Middle Tennessee. The opening of the new library in Bellevue is still nine months away, but plans are starting to take shape.

And one city leader says this is just the beginning.

Metro Councilwoman Sheri Weiner says the 25,000-square-foot facility is still on schedule to open late this year.

"They were able to get the foundation in place, and now we're seeing the actual structure rise from the ground," Weiner said.

The Bellevue library will be a state-of-the-art learning center, according to the councilwoman.

"This is going to be a wonderful place for people of all ages," Weiner said. "The technology that's going to be there is going to afford the kids the ability to enhance their software skills."

Weiner said the new library facility will better serve the community than the smaller library currently in use.

"We've got people out here that really engage the library facility that we have now," she said.

Speaking of that, the current library is only a stone's throw from the new site. Part of the project could one day include tearing down the old library and moving Hillwood High School to the site, making the entire area an education campus.

"It's in the center of the school district. It has a community that wants to wrap its arms around the school. And we know the best schools have great parental and community support. And we already own the property," Weiner said.

For now, that's only a vision, and before the city makes that leap, Weiner says they want to hear what you have to say.

"We are putting together a survey that will go out to all the homeowners and basically say, 'If you could wave a magic wand, what would your top three creations be out here and why?'" Weiner said.

This summer, the Metro Council will take another look at the sub-area plan.

"We're going to look through a 25-year lens versus the current lens and just see what we need to do to make it the community that we all want it to be. So we'll look at zoning units, infrastructure, traffic," Weiner said. "So it's all exciting."

Folks in that area are also buzzing about a trailer that popped up at the old Bellevue Mall, sparking rumors it could be reopening.

But Weiner warns that's just a temporary office.

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