Another Step Forward for Community Project

FALLBROOK – “Start the bulldozer and tear down that building!” With those words from Fifth District County Supervisor Bill Horn, the dreams of the Fallbrook-Bonsall community for a new library moved a step closer to reality.

About a hundred people, including Supervisor Horn, Jose Aponte, County Library Director, Jerri Patchett, President of the Friends of the Fallbrook Library (FOTFL) and Jack Story, President Fallbrook Historical Society watched the start of demolition of the vacant Ellis-Johns House just north of the Fallbrook Library at Alvarado & Mission Road. The property is owned by the FOTFL and will be the site of a new library.

“During my 12 years as your County Supervisor,” said Horn, “we have built five libraries in North County. We continue working to identify funding and with the help of community leaders and our District 5 Community Projects Fund, we will build the sixth library in Fallbrook.” Over the years, more than a million dollars has been allocated from the Supervisor’s fund to the Fallbrook Library project.

County Library Director Jose Aponte spoke of the need to expand the outdated Fallbrook library, which is the oldest and busiest in the county. Friends President Jerry Patchett said the community is up to raising $1.5 million including matching a recent $500,000 grant from Supervisor Horn.

At the demolition event, the front door from the 85-year-old Ellis-Johns House was donated to the Fallbrook Historical Society and will be featured in an exhibit.

Supervisor Horn estimated the cost of the new library to be about $8 million