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The Lee County Council of Commissioners has approved the hiring of an architectural firm to begin work on the design of a new Lee County Libraries building.

Vines Architecture in Raleigh was selected from 15 companies who sought to begin work.

“They have carried out several projects of similar scope,” said Santiago Giraldo, director of the county’s development services department.

Contract negotiations will now begin, Giraldo said, and will hopefully be completed within 60 days.

“We will hopefully have rough drawings by the spring,” Gilraldo said.

The plans call for a 30,000 square foot building to be built on land that faces Bragg Street in Nash Street, next to the State Employees Credit Union building, he said.

The site would be easily accessible to students of Lee County High School and Central Carolina Community College.

Fifteen companies responded to the request for qualification for the purpose of selection, Giraldo said. The field was narrowed down to five people who were invited to attend in-person interviews.

A review committee then made the recommendation for Vines Architecture.

“The company has a proven track record of stakeholder engagement throughout the design and construction process and unique ideas for the use of space that have impressed both our leadership and that of the staff who participated in the on-site activity, ”said Giraldo’s written recommendation.

Vines Architecture is “an architectural design firm focused primarily on public sector work related to libraries, culture, higher education, and visitor-based projects ranging from 1,200 square feet to 150,000 square feet, according to the documents of the file submitted by the firm.

Also on Monday, the commissioners were invited to join and support a program to help those recently released from prison.

Crystal B. McIver, executive director of the nonprofit Experience 180, described the program as “a full reintegration program” to help recently released inmates find work, shelter and any support groups they need. might need.

“These people will return to our society,” McIver said. “We want to help them navigate the services. We have incredible resources in our community.

Those who are released work with volunteers and staff who assess the person’s needs and help develop a “life plan,” McIver said.

The nonprofit has scheduled a resource fair on October 27 to find out what services are available in the community.

The commissioners were also asked to help find a solution to teen violence.

Pam Glover, executive director of the Lee County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, which is overseen by the state juvenile justice division of the Department of Public Safety.

“Our chief juvenile court counselors have reported for years that our young people have more behavioral and social needs,” she said.

Miners in Lee County commit more violent and deadly crimes than other counties in the district, including Harnett and Johnston.

Glover referred to an article in the Raleigh News & Observer earlier this month about underage selling drugs online.

Two recent homicides in Sanford involving minors were mentioned in the article, Glover said.

One factor is the ease with which teens get guns. Guns are quickly sold on the streets, which has led to an “explosion” in gun sales in the state, she said.

The N&O article reports a 19% increase in the number of young people under the age of 15 who sell and buy firearms, Glover said.

She also said she spoke with young people in Lee County to find out what kind of activities they would like to see in the teen community.

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