Demolition set for old Jackson library – News – The Independent

Demolition is set to begin at the Stark County Library’s former branch in Jackson Township. The library district and township officials still are working on plans to replace the building.

JACKSON TWP.  Crews plan this week to begin demolishing the former Stark County District Library branch next to North Park.

Officials haven’t determined when construction of a new library branch will start. Library district officials and Jackson Township trustees intend to work together on the project, which hinges on the township’s plans to build an amphitheater in North Park in an area close to the existing library.

The library district closed the Jackson branch in July and moved to a temporary branch at 7186 Fulton Drive NW in the Marketplace at Nobles Pond shopping plaza. The library has leased the temporary location for two years. Eventually the library hopes to have a new building in North Park.

Township trustees are working with an architect on potential plans for an amphitheater. Once a decision is made on an amphitheater plan, the township wants to coordinate with the library district to determine if the facilities can be linked and share common spaces, such as meeting rooms or bathrooms.

Township officials learned last year that the state would provide $1 million toward construction of an amphitheater in North Park. The state grant came available as the library district was deciding it wanted to build a new facility for Jackson.

The building being demolished opened in the early 1990s. Last year, the library district reviewed the building as part of an effort to upgrade and renovate facilities. The review determined the building’s exterior walls had water damage, as well as other hidden issues.

While the problems could be repaired, when combined with planned renovations, the project cost rose to the amount needed to construct a new building. The library district opted for a new building because…

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