The 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)
WEST BRANCH (new facility)
WILMINGTON-STROOP (new building at current site in Kettering)
SOUTHEAST (new facility)
Construction 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.