A design element proposed to help bridge the gap between the contemporary design of the new Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the city's historic district now has an official funding source.
Dublin City Council on March 12 approved a motion allowing the city to reimburse the library system the $148,805 cost of a signature transition element to be located on the plaza of the new library.
The transition element would feature a recreated corner of a historic school in the south plaza. In the 1970s, the school sat on the site of what is now the library.
In May, Dublin City Council tasked a committee to work with library architect NBBJ to create a theme and design for the transitional element.
The committee included representatives from the Columbus Metropolitan Library system, the Dublin Historical Society, the Historic Dublin Business Association, the Dublin Arts Council, the Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission and the Dublin Architectural Review Board.
In September, the cost for that element was estimated to be $210,000, and the city was still discussing possible funding sources.
The final design reduced that cost by 30 percent, according to a March 8 memo to City Council members.
The initial September estimate was preliminary, while the final cost was instead based on final construction plans, said Terry Foegler, Dublin's director of strategic initiatives.
The city will fund the element through its capital improvements projects budget -- specifically, a contingency line item built into the budget for unplanned capital expenditures.
When the city was first discussing a need for the transition element to provide a visual connection between Dublin's historic core and the city's future, library officials indicated they hadn't programmed such a feature in the budget, Foegler said.
"The city desired that the Columbus Metropolitan Library utilize its available budget resources for the planned library program, the building and the new plaza," Foegler said.
The Dublin branch temporarily is at 6765 Dublin Center Drive until the new library at 75 N. High St. is built.
"The current construction schedule for the library calls for the new library to be open in summer of 2019, by which time the Columbus Metropolitan Library expects to have completed the plaza and transitional element as well," Foegler said.
Library amenities would include meeting and study rooms, a children's area, programming space, a teen area, a homework help center and a cafe.
A 550-space, city-owned parking garage that will be built adjacent to the library is expected to be complete by summer 2019.
Library system CEO Patrick Losinski said the increased construction activity on the corner of North High Street and North Street is exciting.
"It reflects years of thoughtful planning and collaboration between the City of Dublin, Dublin City Schools and Columbus Metropolitan Library," he said.
Yersavich to manage Dublin branch
Columbus Metropolitan Library has announced the hire of a new manager for its Dublin branch.
Joe Yersavich, who previously served as manager of the New Albany branch, began his new role at the Dublin library March 12.
Prior to managing the New Albany library, Yersavich managed the Hilltop branch library.
Yersavich has a salary of $80,681 for his new role, said library spokesman Ben Zenitsky.
Candy Princehorn, who previously managed the Dublin branch, requested a new role within the organization and will serve as librarian at the South High branch.
The Dublin branch is temporarily located at 6765 Dublin Center Drive until the new library at 75 N. High St. is built.
The new branch is slated to open in 2019.