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Norfolk to break ground Tuesday on its planned Broad Creek Anchor Branch Library. (Courtesy City of Norfolk)
Norfolk officials to break ground Tuesday on the planned Broad Creek Anchor Branch Library. (Courtesy City of Norfolk)

Book lovers in Norfolk’s Broad Creek are getting a new library.

Norfolk officials, including Mayor Kenneth C. Alexander, will break ground on the Broad Creek Anchor Branch Library Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1425 Norchester Ave. Located next to the recently opened Richard Bowling Elementary School, 2700 E. Princess Anne Rd., the new $10 million, 28,000-square foot facility will have a children’s area, roughly 50 public computers and meeting spaces.

“We are going to cater a lot to what the specific community needs are,” Sonal Rastogi, director of libraries for Norfolk Public Library, said in a phone interview.

Broad Creek is slated for completion in the late fall of 2017, Rastogi said. It will be Norfolk’s second anchor branch, and comes eight years after the opening of the first, the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch, 111 W. Ocean View Ave. Norfolk Public Library also has a main library and ten branches, according to its website.

Plans for Broad Creek trace back to a master study done in 1998, which addressed the need for anchor libraries in the city’s quadrants, Rastogi said. Broad Creek speaks to that need in the city’s south, she added, and will be roughly comparable in size to Pretlow.

The facility will have offerings for adults and children, including fiction and nonfiction titles, parenting resources and programs for African-American History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. And, with a school located next door, Broad Creek will also have after-school initiatives and support, including homework help and programs for teens and tweens.

The architect and engineer for Broad Creek is Norfolk-based Tymoff+Moss, which is committed to sustainable design, according to its website. The firm’s other Norfolk projects include The New E3 School, 2901 Granby St., the Samuel Slover Memorial Library, 235 E. Plume St., and the Barry Arts Building at Old Dominion University, 4600 Monarch Way.

The contractor is Hourigan Construction, which has offices in Virginia Beach and Richmond, according to its website. Hourigan’s previous projects include the ODU Dining Hall.



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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.