The Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library system, now housed in the American Can Co. apartment building at 3700 Orleans Ave., will have to find a new home at the end of October.
The building’s owner has informed the system’s board that it will not renew the library’s lease, which expires Oct. 31, a spokesman for the library said.
The owner, ACV VII LLC, of Norcross, Georgia, wants to “repurpose the space,” Library Board Chairman Bernard Charbonnet said.
“The owners have another plan for it,” he said. “We’re caught in the cross-hairs.”
The property’s owner did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
The American Can Co. building houses 268 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The building’s ground floor facing Orleans Avenue houses the library and several businesses including a PJ’s Coffee shop, Pearl Wine Co., an X-Trainers personal training studio and the Pascal Architects firm.
It is not clear if the library will be the only tenant affected.
Managers for PJ’s and X-Trainers did not return telephone calls. Pascal President and CEO Mark Culotta declined comment. Pearl Wine Co. owner Leora Madden said her store’s lease expires in 2028.
Library spokesman John Marc Sharpe said the library is working with the city’s Property Management Department to find a new location in the Mid-City neighborhood. He said he did not know if that search has yet resulted in a list of potential sites.
The library will remain open and will continue with its scheduled programming until at least Oct. 22, Sharpe said. When library locations have relocated in the past, the move usually has taken three to four days, he said.
The New Orleans Public Library system operates 14 library branches throughout the city.
The Mid-City branch opened at American Can in February 2011. Before then, a temporary branch had operated since 2007 at a location on North Carrollton Avenue.
The branch is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.