With an agreement between the city of Dublin and the Dublin City School District, the framework necessary to replace the Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is one step closer to being finished.

With an agreement between the city of Dublin and the Dublin City School District, the framework necessary to replace the Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is one step closer to being finished.

The Dublin Board of Education approved the non-binding resolution May 23.

The district has agreed to give the city 1.6 acres for the construction of a 400-plus space parking garage for the library and to support parking needs in Historic Dublin.

In return, the city has allowed the school district use of its Dublink fiber optic network.

The district leases its broadband network from Time Warner Cable and pays approximately $270,000 per year, said Superintendent Todd Hoadley.

Connecting to Dublink will allow the district to avoid that fee, he said.

"The end result will be for the citizens of the Dublin City School District, a brand new library, improved parking and traffic mobility in downtown Dublin, and our school district is going to reduce expenditures through this cost avoidance in the lease for the fiber (optics)," Hoadley said.

The district will still have to lease network access through Time Warner for Daniel Wright, Riverside and Mary Emma Bailey elementary schools because they're too far away to access Dublink, Hoadley said.

Some of money the district will save from accessing Dublink for the rest of its buildings will be used to build additional fiber optic lateral links to connect the elementary buildings to Dublink.

Hoadley said he is not sure at this point how much that project might cost.

The agreement formed between the Dublin and the district allows the city to finalize its agreement with Columbus Metropolitan Library, Hoadley said.

District officials are excited to help city officials move forward with their vision for redeveloping Historic Dublin, he said.

The Dublin Branch Library requires 200 parking spaces, but city officials want to provide additional parking capacity to provide parking relief for downtown businesses.

Since the 1970s all underlying ownership of the Dublin Branch Library was held by the Dublin Board of Education, Hoadley said.

If the land was no longer used by the library, the land would revert to Dublin City Schools.

Dublin Director of Special Initiatives in the Bridge Street District Terry Foegler said the parking structure's size is a way to provide additional parking for the Historic District.

"To do this, a parking facility would need to be a city parking facility," he said.

"We have publicly presented a framework for a public-public-public partnership currently being negotiated among the city, Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Dublin City School District in association with a new library facility," Foegler said.

"The terms of that framework are still under negotiation, but the parties remain optimistic that we are nearing the final stages of those discussions."