The Town of Pittsford held a meeting tonight to discuss plans to sell the Janes Branch Library, and the land behind it, to developers, but this discussion had some residents fired up.
Officials say they would like to sell the property and have five new homes built. They say the new homes would have to match the current persona of the neighborhood, but residents say the woods are the persona. Residents that live near the property say the land is home to a lot of wildlife, and they want it to stay the way it is.
“I played and grew up in those woods. Now the neighborhood children play there,” said one resident.
The Janes Branch Library has been a familiar building in Pittsford and East Rochester for decades, but it has sat vacant since 2005.
Town Supervisor Bill Smith says that the town needs to maximize on the property.