A Dec. 10 meeting to unveil a design for the new Gahanna branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library has been postponed.

Ben Zenitsky, library spokesperson, said more time is needed for the design process, so the meeting has been postponed until 2020 at a date to be announced.

The new library will cost about $23 million and will be built at the library’s current site at 310 Granville St.

Zenitsky said the library expects to break ground in the latter part of next year and open in latter 2021.

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Designs for new Gahanna library about ready for input

A design concept of the new Gahanna branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library will be unveiled Dec. 10 at the library, 310 Granville St.

The new branch, estimated to cost about $23 million and cover 40,000 square feet, will be located at the current site, said Ben Zenitsky, library marketing and communications specialist.

He said the library expects to break ground in late 2020 for the new building, with an opening expected in late 2021.

Zenitsky said a temporary location or "swing space," where branch operations can take place during construction, will be identified.

He said the design concepts are based on a survey that asked community members what they would like to see in their new branch.

Additionally, an Aug. 8 "listening" meeting was held at the Gahanna branch to solicit feedback, Zenitsky said.

"We've been working closely with the architects at NBBJ to design a world-class, 21st century library," said Patrick Losinski, Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO. "It represents a significant investment in the city of Gahanna and its residents."

At the Dec. 10 meeting, to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., participants can expect to hear from Losinski or another member of the library system's leadership and representatives from NBBJ.

"They will unveil initial concepts for the new branch design based on the feedback we've received, and answer questions from the community," Zenitsky said.

He said the Gahanna community's demands have changed significantly since the branch was built in 1991 and renovated in 1998.

"It's absolutely critical that its library branch evolve as well to keep up with those needs," Zenitsky said. "And at just over 21,000 square feet, the current branch -- which ranks among the top in our system for circulation and visits -- has certainly been outgrown by the community."

From January to October 2019, the Gahanna branch logged 248,000 visits, compared to 285,000 total in 2018, he said.

Total circulation, including renewals, through October was 920,000, compared to 1.2 million total in 2018, he said.

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