Shelby Township recently unveiled a new webpage on the township’s municipal site that provides residents access to a camera showing the new library’s construction that updates every 30 minutes.

Shelby Township recently unveiled a new webpage on the township’s municipal site that provides residents access to a camera showing the new library’s construction that updates every 30 minutes.

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Construction-site camera tracks Shelby Township Library’s construction

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 24, 2020


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With a brand-new library on the way, Shelby Township recently unveiled a new page on the township’s municipal website that provides residents access to a construction-site camera that updates every 30 minutes.

The camera also gives users an option to view a time-lapse video of the entire project.

This will be the township’s first stand-alone library. Along with the camera feed, users also have access to interior floor plans for the new building and exterior renderings of what the facility will look like on the municipal campus, which is located at 52700 Van Dyke Ave.

Shelby Township trustee Lynn Wilhelm said the new video of the construction will make it easier for residents to stay informed of the progress being made.

“This is a tremendous addition to our community. We are adding a state-of-the-art centerpiece for arts, culture and community, and this new webpage will give patrons constant project updates,” Wilhelm stated in a press release.

The new library is replacing the township band shell and the Parks and Recreation building, which moved to the old fire station on Schoenherr Road.

The new building will increase the library’s space from 14,400 square feet to 26,000 square feet.

The new Shelby Township Library will feature a children’s area, community event spaces, a teen room, a technology lab, four meeting rooms, five individual study rooms, a children’s story time and programming space, a reading lounge and additional space for library materials.

Katie Ester, the Shelby Township Library director, said that although the project was put on hold due to COVID-19, construction has resumed and progress will be made quickly.

“While we had a brief, mandated construction hiatus during the ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order, construction on the new library has ramped up again. By the beginning of September, residents should be able to see the building take shape as structural steel will be placed in the ground, with masonry to follow,” Ester said in a press release.

The Shelby Township Board of Trustees approved a budget of $11.2 million for the facility at its Nov. 20, 2018, meeting. The board awarded the construction contract for the facility to Bernco Inc., of St. Clair Shores, for $9,160,000 at its Sept. 17, 2019, meeting. The township then held a building breaking Dec. 18, 2019.

As of now, early estimates are for a grand opening of the new library in the spring of 2021.

Construction of the building is back in motion, with full crews following delays from the COVID-19 shutdown. Plans are in place for steel structures to go up after the installation of utility lines to provide power, fiber optic lines, cable and internet to the site.

Ester said that the whole process of creating the new library has been smooth.

“The process of planning the new Shelby Township Library has been joyful work. We have an outstanding team of architects, engineers and designers that are working with us to plan a library that meets our needs and is a functional yet beautiful space. Truthfully, every step that gets our Shelby Township residents closer to walking through the doors of their new library is a thrilling one,” Ester said.

The new facility will be paid for with budgeted, saved funds and requires no tax increase, no debt, no bonding and no borrowing.

To view the video of the library, visit the township’s website at

For more information on the construction or the time-lapse camera, call the township at (586) 731-5100.