Library unveils plans for new Sylvania branchWritten by Danielle Stanton | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A Cleveland architect unveiled design plans for a second Sylvania branch library to dozens of people gathered at Sylvania City Council Chambers on Jan. 13.
Dan Meehan of Holzheimer Bolek Meehan Architects gave a Power Point presentation about the nearly $6 million project that will be paid for with state funds and levy money.
The Sylvania board felt there was a need for a second library due to population growth, said Charlie Oswanski, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s superintendent of facilities and operations.
“The board feels there’s enough population growth that a second library is necessary,” Oswanski said at the meeting.
Two architectural firms, one local (Buehrer Group of Maumee), are working on the project at Sylvania Avenue and King Road. The project is set to break ground in June and be completed within 10 months.
The new library will feature a drive-up window, drop-off locations and 125 public parking spaces. Inside will be what Meehan called the “pavilion” with a 24-hour lobby, comfy chairs, vending machines and lots of light and glass.
Patrons will have the choice of independent reading rooms or meeting rooms that will hold 125 people.
“We think this is going to be a great space of depth,” Meehan said in his presentation. “There’s a lot of collaborative space. It’s a great meeting space. We want you to be able to do anything including have a cup of coffee and read the newspaper.
Book stacks will be four feet high and will be wide enough to accommodate strollers and wheelchairs.
The current Sylvania library will undergo renovations after the second one is complete.
People raised various questions during the presentation from whether or not the library will have security and wheelchair access to whether there will be Wi-Fi in the facility.