Steps taken toward new West Side library


Trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County have taken two major steps toward replacement of the West Side library branch.

The board authorized its buildings and sites committee to review architects’ qualifications for the design of the new library and make a recommendation to the board.

The board also adopted a naming rights policy for its buildings, which says such rights may be granted to a donor who contributes at least 60 percent of the estimated project cost.

A still-unnamed donor proposes to make a major gift toward the West Side library project in exchange for naming rights.

Heidi Daniel, library director, proposed at Thursday’s trustee meeting a $2.8 million project, in which the existing deteriorating branch at 2815 Mahoning Ave. would be demolished and replaced with a new building on the same library-owned site.

The new, single-story building, which would open in 2017, would heavily emphasize technology and have meeting and study rooms.

Read MORE in Friday's Vindicator.

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