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Libraries for a Smarter Future Segment Three Plans Announced:

West Dayton, West Carrollton, Southeast & Wilmington-Stroop Branches

timThe Dayton Metro Library announced today that a location has been selected for a new branch in West Dayton. The West Branch Library consolidates the current Madden Hills and Westwood Branches into one new, larger facility which will be located adjacent to the historic Wright Airplane Factory at Rt. 35 and Abbey Avenue.

“We received valuable input from the community at three public forums,” said Tim Kambitsch, Dayton Metro Library Executive Director. “Through consensus, this site was one of the community’s top preferences. That it is equal distance from both current branches gave us greater interest in this site.”

The seven-acre site is part of the larger Dayton Aviation Heritage Redevelopment site. In addition to the historical Wright Brothers buildings, plans call for an Aviation Heritage museum to be located there.

“There’s an exciting synergy with the National Aviation Heritage Alliance,” said Kambitsch. “A beautiful new Library will be a catalyst for additional investment and development in West Dayton.”

Design work on the four branch construction projects in Segment Three of the system-wide facilities upgrade will begin in July. Shook/Wise will serve as Construction Manager for the projects, which are scheduled for completion mid-year in 2018. The public is invited to forums with the architects to give input on the design process.

WEST CARROLLTON (renovation and expansion at current location)

  • 15,000 sq. ft. (current branch is 10,000 sq. ft.)
  • Total project costs $6.5 million
  • Levin Porter Associates – Architect of Record
  • Public Forum: Thursday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. West Carrollton Civic Center Meeting Room

WEST BRANCH (new facility)

  • Consolidates the Madden Hills and Westwood Branch Libraries
  • To be located adjacent to the historic Wright Airplane Factory at Rt. 35 and Abbey Avenue
  • 24,000 sq. ft. (combined total of current branches is approximately 12,000 sq. ft.)
  • Total project costs $10 million
  • LWC, Inc., a minority-owned business in Dayton, is the Architect of Record
  • Public Forum: Tuesday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. Wright Dunbar Meeting Room, 1100 West Third Street

WILMINGTON-STROOP (new building at current site in Kettering)

  • 21,000 sq. ft. (current building is 13,600 sq. ft.)
  • Total project costs $8.9 million
  • Ruetschle Architects – Architect of Record
  • Public Forum: Wednesday, July 13, 7:00 p.m. Library Meeting Room, 3980 Wilmington Pike, Kettering

SOUTHEAST (new facility)

  • Consolidates the East and Belmont Branch Libraries
  • Agreement with Dayton Public Schools to build at the corner of Wayne and Watervliet Avenues (near Belmont High School)
  • 24,000 sq. ft. (combined total of current branches is less than 13,000 sq. ft.)
  • Total project costs $10 million
  • Levin Porter Associates – Architect of Record
  • Public Forum: Wednesday, July 20, 7:00 p.m. (location to be announced)

tim2Construction continues at the Brookville, Kettering-Moraine, Miamisburg, New Lebanon, and Vandalia Branches as well as the Main Library in downtown Dayton. The Electra C. Doren, Miami Township and Northwest Branch Libraries have been completed.  Site selection continues on the four remaining projects in East Dayton/Riverside, Englewood/Clayton, Huber Heights and Trotwood.

“It’s exciting to see the beautiful finished Libraries, those in progress and those that are just beginning,” said Jayne Klose, Community Engagement Manager at the Library. “It’s a massive undertaking that will result in state-of-the art Libraries in all our communities, with larger spaces, flexible community rooms and new technology too.”

In November 2012, Montgomery County voters passed a $187 million bond issue to improve Dayton Metro Library facilities. The plan, known as Libraries for a Smarter Future, calls for updates, expansions or new construction at all Dayton Metro Library locations across Montgomery County.  

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