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Demolition to Begin on Former Jackson Township Library Building

June 9, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – Preparation for the demolition of the former Jackson Township Branch of Stark County District Library is expected to begin the week of June 12.

Before the demolition of the building begins brick pavers and memorial plaques honoring family members, teachers and donors will be removed and saved for relocation to the library’s future permanent home. The time capsule that was buried in the library will also be retrieved and relocated until its planned opening in 2043.

Demolition of the building is expected to begin the week of June 19 and is estimated to take several weeks, depending on the weather. Both the building and asphalt parking lot will be removed and the site will then be graded and seeded. When possible, materials removed during the dismantling process will be sorted and sent to an appropriate recycling facility.

The plan to relocate was the result of an extensive review of the existing facility by architects and engineers in the fall of 2016. The review – carried out in preparation for a then-planned renovation to the existing Jackson Township Branch – determined that the building needed major repairs due to water penetration of the building envelope and other hidden issues that had aged the building faster than its actual 25 years.

While the building could have been repaired, a cost analysis showed it would have been just as costly as building a new building. In contrast, a new building would be more cost effective to operate thanks to improvements in energy efficiency and lower maintenance costs, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership for the long term.

In the interim, the library is located in The Marketplace at Nobles Pond at the intersection of Fulton and Wales at 7186 Fulton Drive NW, Canton, Ohio 44718.The branch can be reached via telephone at 330-833-1010. The storefront location is being used as an incubator space to test new technology, features and services the library plans to introduce system-wide as part of its re-imagination of itself as The Smart Store®.

The library is coordinating with Township officials on the removal of the old building and then to plan a new permanent home for the Jackson Township library that will meet the needs of the community.

 

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One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark County District Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves over 140,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.5 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 175,000 attendees and provides 240,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.

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