Bay Library Branch Plan Moves Closer to Cahoon Park Site

A new Bay Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library System is very close to finding a home at the BayWay Cabin site in the city’s Cahoon Park.

At Monday’s City Council Meeting, Council moved to extend the lease contract of BayWay Cabin tenant Kiddie Kollege from July 1 to Sept. 30, “so it gives them ample time to relocate,” said Law Director Gary Ebert.

The move comes after a Feb. 28 resolution by the Library to move forward with ‘due diligence’ work relative to plans for a new Bay Branch.Bay Village Logo

“After completing 19 significant renovation and branch replacement projects over the past five years, Cuyahoga County Public Library has seen the positive transformation of library service in communities across the region,” says Ed Blakemore, President of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Board of Trustees.

Our analysis of the current facility in Bay Village, community feedback and library best practices indicate that a branch replacement project in Bay will most fully address our customers’ interests and needs.  Specifically, those expressed needs included: high quality children’s space, quiet study areas, and community meeting rooms. In fact, more than half of surveyed library cardholders favored constructing a new building.  We are enthusiastic about the proposed location for a new library building and hope to make a capital investment in Bay Village, where a replacement building project will not require additional taxpayer support.”

CuyahogaLibraryMayor Paul Koomar reports that the proposed site has been carefully considered. It does not compromise green space used by soccer or sports, there will not be trees coming down, it is close to the Middle School and existing parking is nearby.

It also makes possible a $7-8 million civic improvement to the community with no additional taxes or cost to the City or residents.  

For those who say a new library isn’t needed, or that a new library or addition should be worked out at the present site on Cahoon Road are reminded that the CCPL has some $7-8 million set aside and waiting for a NEW Bay branch to be built. If a suitable location isn’t found, the city may miss out on a significant civic upgrade.

The question residents who oppose the issue need to ask themselves: Why would Bay want to leave $7 million on the table when a brand new facility could be built in Cahoon Park at no cost to the city?

As for building on the old library site (which is owned by the city), why not let the city exchange the building with the BOE? Makes sense and expands facilities for both city and schools.

A conflict with the Cahoon Will is also not an issue. The Will calls for a library to be maintained in the park – a provision now met by a collection of historic documents at Rose Hill Museum.

It is an exciting time for Bay under the new Koomar administration. Things are happening under new Council President Dwight Clark with a spirit of cooperation among all evident.

Other things coming:

New Animal Control officer hiring is imminent.

-Through County funding, the City will be able to add a large generator to Dwyer Center, bringing an emergency shelter to the community in the event of a weather catastrophe.

-Funding is also in the works for a $10 million upgrade to the Knickerbocker Senior Apartments, bringing significant upgrades to this important resource for senior living in Bay Village.

Goodbye Playhouse? Noted in the Feb. minutes of the Metroparks is a budget item that estimates demolition of Huntington Playhouse ast $90-160,000. “Currently evaluating assessment findings,” says the facilities reports.