Huntingon Reservation ruled out as site of new Bay Village library

In an email to library subscribers, the Cuyahoga County Public Library on Friday announced that the Bay Village branch will not relocate to the Huntington Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. One location within the reservation, the former Huntington Playhouse site, was part of early discussions before being dismissed. A second location, the Wolf Road Picnic Area across from Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, had also been the subject of conversation.

The full text of the email follows.

Over the past several months, Cuyahoga County Public Library and Cleveland Metroparks have communicated in earnest with Bay Village residents regarding an opportunity for our two regional organizations to collaborate on a unique project in the Huntington Reservation. Through our conversations, leadership of both agencies have determined that we will not relocate the Bay Village branch of the Library to the Huntington campus.
 
Cuyahoga County Public Library is committed to supporting residents' aspirations for library service and exceeding expectations. With new library projects recently announced in Middleburg Heights and Berea, Bay Village remains the only branch community in the Cuyahoga County Public Library system without a major capital improvement since the early 2000's.
 
Our analysis of the current facility, community feedback and library best practices indicates that a branch replacement project would most fully address our customers' interests and needs related to high quality children's space, quiet study areas, community meeting rooms, and more. The CCPL Board of Trustees has funding set aside to complete a project in Bay Village; however, the Library's ability to enter into such a project is contingent upon finding a suitable location. While the Library will continue to explore opportunities in Bay Village, at this point in time we do not have any active prospects to report.
 
The Library will be in touch should there be any Bay Village Branch updates to share.
 
Thank you for your interest in Cuyahoga County Public Library.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 2:32 PM, 04.22.2016