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Library project to break ground in 2014

January 3, 2014
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The new Canfield library branch will become a reality in 2014 according to library Executive Director Heidi M. Daniel.

Daniel said the hope is to break ground in late summer or early fall.

"The program phase is complete and the architect is currently working on the floor plan, site plan, and 3D model," Daniel said. "This is being developed using the information the library gathered in community conversations starting in 2012 that indicate what the community wants most in their library. A design is expected to be ready in January and the library is planning a public meeting to show the design to residents towards the end of January."

Community input was considered in the new design. According to library Communications and Public Relations director Janet Loew, there was no one specific item that stood out, but a desire was expressed by residents for a welcoming space that is connected to the community.

"They expressed that they would like a nice meeting space, computers and technology, quiet reading areas, space for children's activities and teen usage, and, of course, books," Loew said. "We have included these features in our planning."

Among the features for the new library are community meeting spaces, both informal and formal, including two meeting rooms, an expanded children's area with interactive playscape features, a teen area, and quiet reading dens in adult areas as well as a study room.

"In addition, we hope to have outdoor features that connect with activities on the green and acts as a community space," Daniel said. "The building will be approximately 18,000 square feet."

The cost of the new library is estimated at around $5 million. Funds are expected to be ready when construction begins.

"Funding comes from our building and repair fund," Daniel said. "Because the library system operates debt-free and we do not do bond issues for our buildings, funds for capital projects have been saved over a number of years as we strategically plan our building projects."

According to Daniel, construction is expected to last close to a year. Currently it is not certain how services will be changed for Canfield residents, Daniel said. She would anticipate services being temporarily relocated, but is not sure what that will look like at this time.

In preparing the parcels involved in the new library, Canfield City Council had approved a replat to make the properties involved into one parcel zoned for library use.

 
 

 

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