By the end of February or in early March, the Mount Clemens Public Library will move out of its current building at 150 Cass Ave., shortening construction time by about 10 months.

By the end of February or in early March, the Mount Clemens Public Library will move out of its current building at 150 Cass Ave., shortening construction time by about 10 months.

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‘The community is invested and wants to support the library’

Mount Clemens Library announces 2021 plans

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 12, 2021

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MOUNT CLEMENS — 2020 meant the public approval of a library bond.

The new year means the temporary relocation and plenty of construction at the Mount Clemens Public Library.

Library Director Brandon Bowman said to begin the year, staff are cleaning the library in preparation for construction, which should commence in early spring.

In August, nearly 61% of Mount Clemens voters approved a new bond proposal for the Mount Clemens Public Library.

Since it passed, library officials have been refining building drawings and working with a consultant to map out spaces that will meet the needs of the public. The project architect is Seth Penchansky of Daniels and Zermack Architects in Ann Arbor.

The library will borrow no more than $8.8 million and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds, not to exceed 25 years from the date of issuance. Bond sales will begin in the next month for the purpose of renovating, furnishing and equipping the existing library facility.

Planned improvements include a brand-new children’s area that would double its current size, a drive-up window, a larger teen area, genealogy section expansion, spaces where people can teach classes, new LED lighting and more expansive Wi-Fi.

“We’ve been planning what we want to put in different areas, looking at our collections and making sure when we move into the new space, we’ll have room to grow,” Bowman said.

Come the end of February or early March, the library will move out of its current building at 150 Cass Ave., shortening construction time by about 10 months. Bowman said the library is looking for a temporary space to operate from for the next year.

“We’ll still run the library, it’ll just be somewhere else in Mount Clemens,” Bowman said. “The city has been very helpful with letting us store our materials at Wilson Gym.”

The gym is located at 58 S. Wilson.  

Internal demolition is set for March, where the existing infrastructure will be taken down.    

Bowman previously said about $70,000 a year is spent to light the building.

Regarding the installation of geothermal units, Bowman said drilling the test well should happen in early spring.

“Geothermal will replace our traditional heating system from 1969,” he said. “This system will work with groundwater. The wells go down hundreds of feet and use the earth’s heat to reheat and cool the building. The water comes up at about 55 degrees, and it’s less energy intensive to heat or cool the water. It’s a much more efficient heating and cooling method and saves us a ton of money.”

Mount Clemens Mayor Laura Kropp said the library’s physical presence on Cass Avenue, come 2022, will signify a lot of the change taking place in the city.

“It’s happening on one of our main thoroughfares,” she said. “This brand new facade on a major institution in Mount Clemens shows that the community is invested and wants to support the library.”

She added that it’s exciting to see the library become a hub for more than just checking out books.

“You can get all types of resources for your family,” Kropp said. “You’ll be able to walk in and learn about some new lecture series, or hopefully there will be a makerspace in the basement. There’s so much opportunity that will be coming from that building.”

Bowman estimates construction to happen over the span of one year.

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