A rendering of the north entrance of the Royal Oak Public Library shows the new vestibule, courtesy of a donation from the Lansing-based Boji Group.

A rendering of the north entrance of the Royal Oak Public Library shows the new vestibule, courtesy of a donation from the Lansing-based Boji Group.

Image provided by Judy Davids


Boji Group donates $10K for library vestibule

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published December 27, 2018

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ROYAL OAK — Before the Dec. 10 Royal Oak City Commission meeting, developer Ron Boji, of the Lansing-based Boji Group, presented the Royal Oak Public Library with a check for $10,000.

The gesture came from a desire to give back to communities with close ties to the company after a successful 20 years of being in business, Boji said at the meeting.

“I really wanted to do something a little special that made a difference, so we reached out to three different communities,” he said.

Besides Royal Oak, where the Boji Group is the lead developer on the city’s large civic center project that includes a six-story building slated to be a Henry Ford Health System outpatient clinic, Boji said the other two communities were Lansing and Kalamazoo.

“Obviously, Royal Oak came to my mind,” he said. “I was very pleased to hear that our neighbor, (the library), was in most need of where the dollars could be sent.”

The Royal Oak Public Library is undergoing a construction project to redo its north entrance, which has been closed since 2006 because the stairs were in poor condition and the ramp was not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Once completed, the north side of the library will have a new, ADA-compliant ramp and a new sidewalk that will match the sidewalk recently installed on East Fourth Street. The decorative streetscape will include ornamental streetlights, trees with grates and stamped concrete.

In the spring, the library will receive all-new landscaping as part of the project.

“I learned the north side entrance was trying to open up again for patrons to have easy access to come back in, but there was one item missing, and in these colder days, we all are aware that when you walk through a door, there is a gust of wind, and there is really only one way to stop that — a vestibule,” Boji said.

He said he asked how much the vestibule would cost and was pleasantly surprised to learn the amount was exactly what he wanted to give.

“(It’s my honor to be able to give back) for people to walk in an environment that’s very educational, very refreshing and warm,” he said. “Let it all be a perfect and wonderful environment.”

Library Director Mary Karshner said she and the library board deeply appreciated the donation to the library.

“(We) have been working for a couple of years to get the entrance reopened,” she said. “It coincides with the sidewalk and crumbling steps being redone recently in the last six weeks to two months.”

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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