Clinton-Macomb Public Library Director Larry Neal makes remarks at the May 4 groundbreaking event for the new North Branch, across the street from Macomb Township Hall. The new library is expected to open in fall 2020 and cost $18.5 million.

Clinton-Macomb Public Library Director Larry Neal makes remarks at the May 4 groundbreaking event for the new North Branch, across the street from Macomb Township Hall. The new library is expected to open in fall 2020 and cost $18.5 million.

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Ground broken for new library in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published May 8, 2019

 Local officials and business leaders break ground. Local officials and business leaders break ground including CMPL Trustees Peter Ruggirello, Fred Gibson, Vice President Camille Silda, Clinton Township Supervisor Robert Cannon, Clinton-Macomb Public Library Director Larry Neal, Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn, CMPL Board of Trustees President Michael Lotito and CMPL Trustee Amy Wille.

Local officials and business leaders break ground. Local officials and business leaders break ground including CMPL Trustees Peter Ruggirello, Fred Gibson, Vice President Camille Silda, Clinton Township Supervisor Robert Cannon, Clinton-Macomb Public Library Director Larry Neal, Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn, CMPL Board of Trustees President Michael Lotito and CMPL Trustee Amy Wille.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

 Over 100 community members showed up for the “Let’s Build a Library” groundbreaking ceremony.

Over 100 community members showed up for the “Let’s Build a Library” groundbreaking ceremony.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A celebratory spirit was in the air in Macomb Township at the site of a future library.

On May 4, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library hosted a groundbreaking event for the new North Branch, across the street from Macomb Township Hall, 54111 Broughton Road.

“They say the greatest adventures start with the turn of a page, and we turned a big one today,” CMPL Director Larry Neal said.

The new library is expected to open in the fall of 2020 and cost $18.5 million.

Neal made it clear the new location will not be another Main Branch, in terms of size and offerings.

“The time has come for Macomb Township to have its very own permanent North Branch,” Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn said. “It will be a beautiful library that will make us all proud.”

Macomb Township resident Jane McEwen and her daughter Hannah McEwen attended the groundbreaking.

“We absolutely love the Clinton-Macomb Public Library,” Jane said. “I’m really excited for the new building. We visit the library about once a week. With the growth in Macomb Township, a new library is necessary.”

Macomb Township is projected to exceed 90,000 residents by 2025. The current North Branch, at 24 Mile and Romeo Plank roads, has approximately 10,000 visits per month and has begun to outgrow the space available.

The groundbreaking festivities included remarks by local officials and the opportunity for the public to see the new North Branch layout.

Attendees strolled through a “Goodnight, Goodnight” construction site story walk to get to the site of the groundbreaking. A giant Caterpillar machine that moved the dirt for the new building was on-site for pictures.

“I’m excited, even though the North Branch is right around the corner from me,” Macomb Township resident Karen Smith said. “It does need to be bigger and I can’t wait to see what it looks like.”

To help make the new North Branch possible, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees donated 7.5 acres of land.

State Sen. Michael MacDonald said he lives by the quote, “You are the people you associate with and the books you read. There’s nothing more positive for this community than this library.”

The proposed building will be 28,485 square feet, twice the size of the current North Branch, which opened in 2001.

“It’s no surprise that when you’re in a community that is as forward-thinking and plans ahead, and is fiscally responsible, like Macomb Township, it puts you in a position to do great projects like this,” Kevin Hrit, representative for U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, said.

Features of the new library include six small study rooms, three large study rooms, a community commons gathering space, and USB outlets at most seating locations.

“The opening of this library is a cooperative effort,” CMPL Board of Trustees President Michael Lotito said. “We don’t look at it as Clinton or Macomb residents. We’re residents of the district itself.”

Neal said the next step is for CMPL to secure a building permit, with construction beginning in June.

To further educate the community on the new library, a “Let’s Build a Library” event is scheduled for June 20 at the North Branch, providing folks insight as to what goes into constructing a library. The current North Branch is located at 16800 24 Mile Road.