Ground broken for new library

Sylvania branch 1st facility built since 1984

8/12/2015
BY BRIAN BUCKEY
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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    A crowd gathers for a ground-breaking ceremony for the new King Road Branch Library.

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  • A crowd gathers for a ground-breaking ceremony for the new King Road Branch Library.
    A crowd gathers for a ground-breaking ceremony for the new King Road Branch Library.

    Nearly 30 years in the making, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for its King Road Branch Library in Sylvania.

    "It's been 30 years almost," Toledo-Lucas County Library Director Clyde Scoles said. "The planning commission, back well before I arrived here, began to point out the fact that the western tier of Lucas County will need something. We began to look at that in the 80s and the 90s, and it came to fruition in the last couple of years when this site became available."

    The 15,000-square-foot library will be the first new branch since the Holland Branch was built in 1984.

    The library will be built on 7 acres of land along King Road near Sylvania Avenue. Mr. Scoles said there is large demand for a library at the King Road location, which is near Southview High School.

    “We began to look at library cardholders, geography, automobile traffic, and population congestion," Mr. Scoles said. "We wanted to be where people would be safe, yet at the same time be accessible, and we felt that this site made the best case.”

    Speakers at Tuesday’s ceremony included U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R, Bowling Green), state Rep. Barbara Sears (R, Monclova Township), Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough, library board President Sheila Odesky and Brad Bertke, president and CEO of Mercy St. Anne Hospital.

    Spieker Co., a Perrysburg Township contractor, will oversee the construction of the King Road branch after library trustees approved the company's $6,786,000 bid. 

    HBM Architects of Cleveland and Buehrer Group Architecture in Maumee are the architects of the project. 

    From left, Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough, State Representative Barbara Sears, Library Board President Sheila Odesky, Library Director Clyde Scoles, Congressman Bob Latta and Brad Bertke, President and CEO of Mercy St. Anne Hospital, toss dirt during a ground breaking ceremony.
    From left, Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough, State Representative Barbara Sears, Library Board President Sheila Odesky, Library Director Clyde Scoles, Congressman Bob Latta and Brad Bertke, President and CEO of Mercy St. Anne Hospital, toss dirt during a ground breaking ceremony.

    The plan is for the King Road branch to open in about a year

    “This area just keeps developing, and this library is going to be a jewel in that," Mr. Stough said. “It's going to be a real gem and a showplace. It's going to have all the latest library technology and all the latest thinking about how libraries can best serve our residents. It's going to be a great asset to add to the quality of life here in Sylvania.”

    The King Road branch, which will be the 19th branch and the 20th location in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system, will feature a drive-in window, collaborative meeting rooms, an interactive children’s area and technology such as 3-D printers, and scanners.

    “Public libraries are transformative and this new branch library will be a culmination of transforming people by supporting exploration and learning that drives individual opportunity,” Mr. Scoles said. “We are committed in the library system to advancing the legacy of reading and developing a digitally inclusive society.”

    Contact Brian Buckey at: bbuckey@theblade.com or 419-376-9414.