Construction beginning for new Youngstown library branch

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for a new branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is ready to begin another building project.

Thursday, the library broke ground for a new branch.

It will be built on the site of the old West Library, along Mahoning Avenue. The current building will be torn down because it’s cheaper to build new than renovate the existing structure.

A $1.68 million donation from the Michael Kusalaba Fund is helping pay for construction. That’s almost half of the building price.

“It really meant our ability to make something special here. The building will be part technology hub, part neighborhood library and also host our pop-up services, which service the entire county,” said Library Director Heidi Daniel.

The West Side Library closed April 30. Bids for construction were awarded to Brock Building, Inc., of North Lima, and Faniro Architects.

The new library will take about a year to build, and work starts on Tuesday.