CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Ground was broken Friday on a new library in Canfield.
The current Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is now closed and will be demolished soon to make way for the new facility, which will be on the same site as the current building at 43 W. Main St.
Plans for the new library have been in the making for nearly 10 years. Library officials said the change is needed because the old branch couldn’t keep up with reader demands.
“The library here circulates more per square foot than any of our other libraries in the system,” said Heidi Daniel, executive director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. “This area of the county has seen some population shifting and growth, so we are happy to be able to accommodate that.”
The new 18,000-square foot library will be complete in 18 months. A temporary library has been set up at the Mill Creek Metroparks Farm on Route 46.
General contractor for the project will be Hudson Construction, Inc. of Hermitage, which submitted a winning bid of $3.1 million. The architect is Ronald Cornell of Faniro Architects, Inc. of Youngstown.
Other successful bidders were:
- Plumbing trades: Morrone Mechanical of Lowellville, $129,000.
- Mechanical trades: York Mahoning MC, Inc., $186,300.
- Fire protection trades: RNL Fire Systems, $61,599′
- Electrical trades: Tri-Area Electric, $573,668
The total contracted amount is approximately $4.08 million.