South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library Construction Info
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What’s going on with the new library branch construction?
Here are the latest highlights on the branch construction. It’s getting the bones of the building together at this point.
- SWPPP reporting and maintenance is ongoing
- Structural steel erection is 80% complete
- Exterior wall framing continues (currently 35% complete)
- Lightpole bases complete
- Nine of 17 steel trusses are complete with the next four trusses ready for erection
The branch remains on schedule for a late September/early October 2015 opening.
From: Sari Feldman <>
Date: September 24, 2013 at 9:30:10 PM EDT
Subject: CCPL Facilities Master Plan Update: South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
Dear Elected Official:
The Cuyahoga County Public Library Board of Trustees took an important step in fulfilling our Facilities Master Plan this evening with the sale of the Telling Mansion (4645 Mayfield Road, South Euclid), the current site of our South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch.
The Board approved a sale to the Richard A. Barone Charitable Foundation (the Foundation) in the amount of $755,000. Barone, a South Euclid native, has stated his intention to maintain the historic Telling Mansion and repurpose it as an American porcelain art museum.
The Telling Mansion, purchased by Cuyahoga County Public Library from a private owner in1952, has served as home to the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch for several decades. When the Library conducted a third-party facilities assessment in 2009, the building and surrounding property were found to be “inadequate” in terms of size, layout and parking for a library branch. Access to technology for students, job seekers and residents is limited in the building due to a lack of space and connectivity issues. Renovations needed to address the building’s “poor” rating were estimated at $5 million – the highest of any renovation cost estimate in the system. These renovations did not include upgrades necessary to meet the Library’s standards for service, such as:
• Major improvements to the children’s area
• Additional space to meet demand for community meeting rooms and a Homework Center
• Comprehensive accessibility, including bathroom, hallway and building layout changes to enable the handicapped and those with limited mobility access to the entire branch
• Layout changes necessary to reduce overstaffing that is currently required in the branch
You may be aware that a small but vocal group opposes the Board’s decision to sell the Telling Mansion. Please know that the Board and staff of Cuyahoga County Public Library recognize the community sentiment for the historic building. It was with the most serious consideration that the Board reviewed the financial commitment required to maintain such a special structure and assessed the building’s limitations in terms of providing the community with 21st century public library service. Given the significant nature of renovations required and the ongoing expense associated with maintaining a historic structure, the Library Board determined that relocation is the most financially viable option for the Cuyahoga County Public Library system.
The purchase agreement between the Library Board and the Richard A. Barone Charitable Foundation offers protection to the historic building. It calls for the Library to work with the Foundation should it pursue a conservation easement as a means of protecting the building. Further, the agreement requires that the buyer comply with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
The Library will continue to operate its South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch out of the Telling Mansion until it relocates to a new facility on Green Road in South Euclid. The Foundation agreed to lease the property back to the Library for $1 per year until September 30, 2015 or until the Library relocates.
Since purchasing property for a new branch building in 2012, the Library has conducted community dialogue sessions, site analyses and initiated design plans following Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
When open, the new, state-of-the-art library branch will offer several enhanced features, including a convenient, full-service drive-up window, a Play, Learn and Grow early childhood literacy area, increased meeting room space and a dedicated writing center. The more efficient, single-story layout will enable the Library to reduce the branch’s annual operating costs.
The South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch project, one of 18 replacement and renovation projects in the Library’s Facilities Master Plan, will help the Library to reduce annual operating costs, improve energy efficiency and enhance service to the community. To learn more about the nine renovation and replacement projects completed to date, please visit our newly updated Facilities Master Plansection on the Library website.
If you have any questions about the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch project or any other priority projects in the Facilities Master Plan, please feel free to contact us.
Sari Feldman Bob Varley
Executive Director President
Cuyahoga County Public Library Cuyahoga County Public Library Board of Trustees