Library Board Approves Resolution to Seek Bids for Jackson Branch

October 18, 2018 (Canton, Ohio) – At the most recent Board meeting on Tuesday, October 16, the Stark Library Board of Trustees passed a resolution to open bids for construction of the Jackson Community Branch.

The bid, which is expected to be awarded at the next Board meeting, will be going public in the coming days and is projected to be a four week process.

“We are grateful for the passion of the Jackson community and are pleased to move on to the next step the project. Thanks to the community involvement during the planning stages, we are confident that this will be a state-of-the-art community hub,” said Mary Ellen Icaza, CEO/Executive Director of Stark Library.

The building was designed by HBM Architects, a nationally recognized firm with a focus on library planning and design. The firm has previously worked on Stark Library branches, including the Plain Community branch in GlenOak High School and the Perry Sippo branch at Exploration Gateway in Sippo Park.

The new Jackson Community branch will be located on the northeast corner of Fulton Drive and Community Parkway and will be an integral part of the larger North Park renewal and amphitheater project being developed by Jackson Township. This location will provide convenient access for visitors via a new Parkway from Fulton Drive as well as from Community Parkway.

To view the Jackson Community Library plans and stay up-to-date on the latest news, visit




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