JACKSON TWP. — Construction is underway for the new Stark County District Library branch, and residents can get a closer look this weekend.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Saturday for the new building at 7487 Fulton Drive NW. The library branch will sit at Fulton Drive and Community Parkway NW in North Park.

There will be food and giveaways during what should be a fun afternoon, library officials said.

The library branch is part of a joint redevelopment of North Park. The township has started work on an amphitheater, which will sit north of the library branch. A concrete and grass plaza will separate the structures. The area also will have improved parking and upgrades to the tennis courts.

Both the library branch and the amphitheater should be completed next year.

“We’re excited to see this project moving forward,” Steven Pittman, library board president, said in a news release. “This state-of-the-art library was designed for the community, by the community and we look forward to returning to a permanent home where we can fully serve the needs of the community.”

The original library branch, which also was in North Park, closed in 2016 and was demolished because of water damage to the structure. The move was made after a study showed the cost to repair and remodel the branch would be nearly as much as building a new facility.

The district opened a temporary library site in the Marketplace at Nobles Pond plaza at Fulton and Wales Avenue NW.

The temporary site gave the district a chance to test new technology, features and services that the district hopes to introduce at other branches. Some of the new ideas — for example the 24/7 lobby that has book and movie dispensers, video game media boxes and smart lockers to pickup reserved materials — will be used in the new Jackson branch.

Cleveland-based HBM Architects, a nationally-recognized firm that focuses on library planning, designed the building with input from the community. The firm has previously worked on the district’s Plain Community branch and the Perry Sippo branch. Fred Olivieri Construction Co. is contractor for the project.

To view the Jackson library plans and stay up-to-date on the latest news, visit StarkLibrary.org/Jackson.

 

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