City unveils proposals for transforming High Point Public Library parking lot

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point officials are hoping to redefine what a parking lot can be. Not just a place for cars, but a place for concerts, markets and community-wide events.

Today engineers with the City of High Point unveiled two proposals for the High Point Public Library parking lot. In 2012, the city council voted to allot $1.4 million to redo the parking lot, making it not just a parking lot, but a community gathering space. Supporters of the plan say, due to the library's downtown location, it could provide a much-needed venue and meeting place.

"It would hopefully allow people that come to it to enjoy it as much outside as they do inside," said High Point City Councilman Jason Ewing.

The library's director, Mary Sizemore, said she supports either plan that the city presented.

Both provide ample parking and increased green space and features.

"We can have gardens and a stage for storytime for the kids," Sizemore said. "One of the things we focus on at the library is being a center for the community. And this will help us fill that role."

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