Bay library gathers resident input on new building features

Bay Village resident Cynthia White points out a design element she likes to Anne Hartman of the architecture firm Moody Nolan during a library input session on June 7. Photo by Tara Wendell

Bay Village residents took advantage of two opportunities to voice their opinions on the design of the new library building during public input sessions this month. The sessions, held at the Dwyer Senior Center on June 7 and the current library building on June 14, featured a “world cafe” approach with stations set up for various aspects of the building’s design.

Each station featured a dozen or more photos of other library buildings – some within the Cuyahoga County Public Library system and others from around the country. Attendees were able to view the examples and point out to CCPL staff and Moody Nolan architects which elements they liked and disliked. Comments were recorded on large notepads and will be considered by the building’s designers.

The most popular stations appeared to be those dedicated to the architectural designs of the exterior and interior, although the other stations – adult reading areas, teen zone, children’s area, technology and community spaces – also received a high number of comments. Common themes on the interior were natural light, large windows, comfortable seating and a fireplace. For the exterior, commenters requested that the design “fit” with the look of Bay Village, provide ample car and bike parking, and offer outdoor seating.

The new Bay Village branch library will be located in Cahoon Park, on the current site of Bayway Cabin. As part of its strategic planning process, CCPL determined that the existing library facility required a significant financial investment to repair infrastructure and modernize the building. In an email to cardholders last year, CCPL stated that the Bay Village branch is the only one in the system that has not received a major capital improvement since the early 2000s.

The new location was proposed by Bay Village city leaders due to, among other things, the visible and accessible location, proximity to the middle school and senior center, and ability to preserve green space by utilizing shared parking on the site.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:17 AM, 06.20.2017