Dayton Metro Library announced today that it intends to purchase three properties to improve library services and keep its pledge that the new Main Library will be an important draw for Dayton's downtown.
This is another step forward in the replacement and renovation of Dayton Metro Library's facilities made possible by the $187 million bond issue voters approved in November 2012.
Dayton Metro Library will renovate the Hauer Music building at 120 S. Patterson Blvd. to serve as its Operations Center, which will house approximately 60 employees who handle behind-the-scenes services such as IT and selecting, acquiring, cataloging and processing new materials. Moving these functions out of the Main Library will save taxpayers money and expand the space available to library patrons. It significantly reduces the cost per square foot for these operations, and that savings will go toward additional improvements at neighborhood libraries.
The purchase also includes a one acre parking lot at the northeast corner of Fourth Street and Patterson Boulevard. Library officials estimate they will save more than $20,000 per year by relocating staff parking from leased space.
"We had been looking for several months for property in downtown that would meet the distinct needs of an operations center when we learned that the Hauer building might be available," said Tim Kambitsch, Dayton Metro Library Executive Director. "We are thrilled to be able to honor its history and maintain a Dayton landmark for decades to come."
"The Main Library is the hub of our network of neighborhood libraries," Kambitsch added. "With these properties, we'll have a cost-effective operations center to support the system's expanded programs and services."
Dayton Metro Library has also reached an agreement to acquire the property at 25 S. Patterson Blvd. that includes the Gentile Produce and Webster Station buildings south of the Main Library. This area will be working space during construction and then create an attractive gateway to the new Main Library.
"We are thrilled that our historic building fits in with the vision of the 21st century library," Jim Hauer said. "Given our over 75 years of service to musical arts, we are glad we can help sustain the library's service to the Arts and Literature community."
Hauer Music will be moving its operation. "We will continue for the next 75 years as the premier music store in the Miami Valley," Hauer said.