The Clinton-Macomb Public Library is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the new North Branch at 11 a.m. May 4. The ceremony will take place at 54100 Broughton Road in Macomb Township. Pictured is the future site of the library.

The Clinton-Macomb Public Library is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the new North Branch at 11 a.m. May 4. The ceremony will take place at 54100 Broughton Road in Macomb Township. Pictured is the future site of the library.

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Clinton-Macomb Public Library to host groundbreaking

Set to open in 2020

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published April 16, 2019

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The community is invited to celebrate the start of a local milestone.

On May 4, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, or CMPL, is hosting a groundbreaking event for the new North Branch at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will take place at 54100 Broughton Road in Macomb Township, across the street from Macomb Township Hall. No registration is required.

“The current North Branch has been a wonderful location for us,” Larry Neal, CMPL director said. “But, we have to plan for the future and now is the time to offer the community a state-of-the art building for a growing population.”

A press release from the library states that Macomb Township is projected to exceed 90,000 residents by 2025. The current North Branch sees approximately 10,000 visits per month and has begun to outgrow the space available.

“A new building will allow us to not only expand the size of the branch, but also offer upgraded technology, such as a drive-up window for holds and returns and more space for collaborative learning and children’s activities,” Neal said.

The groundbreaking festivities will include remarks by local officials and the opportunity for the public to see the new North Branch layout. The event is suitable for families with children as well as adults.

Attendees will stroll through a construction site story walk to get to the site of the groundbreaking. Activities for children will be available, and a giant Caterpillar machine that will move the dirt for the new building will be on-site for pictures. Attendees may take “before” selfies in places that will eventually become the creative/story time room, drive-up window and reading room.

Following the ceremony, the library will host its very first “reception” in the future community commons space.

As previously reported by C & G Newspapers, the new library will feature a drive-up window where customers can return items, similar to what is in place at the Main Branch in Clinton Township. The North Branch near 24 Mile and Romeo Plank roads will close once the new library opens.

The proposed building will be just over 28,000 square feet, twice the size of the current North Branch.

The groundbreaking will take place rain or shine, and is outdoors. The library encourages attendees to dress for the weather, wear boots if it is muddy and bring a chair, if one is needed, as seating will be limited.

“We’re hoping for beautiful weather and a huge crowd to help us celebrate this milestone event,” Neal added.