Columbus Metropolitan Library hopes to raise $2.8 million to help construct a new Dublin branch.

The new library will cost about $18.3 million, CEO Patrick Losinski said. Of the $2.8 million funding goal, CML has raised a little more than $400,000.

Representatives from CML, the city of Dublin and the Dublin City School District on Dec. 7 kicked off construction of the new library with remarks and a ceremonial "wallbreaking."

The existing branch closed Nov. 22, and a temporary location will open Jan. 2 at 6765 Dublin Center Drive. The new branch is slated to open in 2019.

Architects NBBJ, Columbus, prepared the $18.6 million library design, including a 41,000-square-foot, three-level building that would have twice the square footage of the current space.

Adjacent to the library would be a four-level, city-owned parking garage.

Library amenities would include meeting and study rooms, a children's area, programming space, a teen area, a homework help center and a cafe.

The library's design would feature a "transitional element" - a recreated corner of an historic school in the south plaza. In the 1970s, the school sat on the site of what is now the library.

The transitional element would cost $210,000 to build and is not included in the library project cost, Losinski said. CML is still working with the city to determine how the transitional element will be funded.

Calling the project "ground zero for the future," Dublin Mayor Greg Peterson highlighted the value of the city's partnership with the school district and CML.

"I'm very, very proud of that partnership that we were able to form," Peterson said.

School district Board of Education President Lynn May also expressed pride in the cooperation between the district, CML and city.

"It's been a long process," she said.

Although the design review process was rushed, CML attempted to gain a great deal of public input about the project, Dublin council member Christina Alutto said.

The transitional element also will help bridge the gap between the new building's contemporary architecture and the historic architecture of surrounding buildings, Alutto said.

"We have a community that is passionate about the library," she said.

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