Officials with the city of Grove City and Southwest Public Libraries are on board with the design for the new Grove City Library.

Officials with the city of Grove City and Southwest Public Libraries are on board with the design for the new Grove City Library.

The SPL Board of Trustees voted unanimously May 12 to approve the final development plan for the new library to be built at the intersection of Broadway and Grant Avenue in the Town Center. Grove City council members approved the plan at their May 4 meeting.

With approval from both panels, the plan is ready to be implemented. Officials from the Pizzuti Cos., which proposed the relocation of the library from its current location on Park Street as part of a larger redevelopment of the downtown, previously said they anticipate a groundbreaking in June.

In approving the plan, the trustees also directed library Director Mark Shaw to work with the city and the library's legal counsel to have the final contract and corresponding exhibits prepared by the next board meeting, scheduled June 9.

"Let's make sure we get final agreement in form," said Trustee Jill Billman-Royer. "Let's execute it."

Shaw said when the final contract is received, SPL will owe the city its first $1 million payment for the project, as per the agreement between the city and library.

The new library is a joint project between the city and and library district. The new two-story library will be 45,000 square feet, have entrances off Broadway and a parking lot at the rear of the building. That lot will have 86 off-street parking spaces, with 17 additional public spaces available near the site.

The city will issue $9.5 million in bonds for the project. The bonds will have a 30-year term, and the annual debt service, estimated to be $350,000, will be split between the city and library system. The city will lease the site to the library system until the debt is paid off and then transfer ownership.

The library also will contribute a total of $2 million and transfer ownership of its current property, valued at $2.5 million, to the city.

In other news from the board meeting:

* The library received donations in memory of Stanley E. Norris for the purchase of non-fiction books. Norris, a 1935 graduate of Grove City High School and former library trustee, died April 6, at age 97.

Seventeen individuals, families and businesses contributed a total of $1,015 that was accepted at the meeting.

* The board concluded the meeting by entering into an executive session to discuss biannual employee evaluations.