New Shelby Township Library opening fall 2020
The new Shelby Township Library is taking shape. The township’s Board of Trustees approved a formal site plan for the library June 4, 2019, and Library Director Katie Ester unveiled a floor plan for the new 26,000-square-foot library that will sit adjacent to the municipal band shell at 52700 Van Dyke Ave.
The new library features increased space for children’s programming, a technology lab, a dedicated teen area, four meeting rooms and five study rooms among other added amenities that are absent for the current library at 51680 Van Dyke Ave.
“The process of planning the new Shelby Township Library has been joyful work,” Ester said. “We have an outstanding team of architects, engineers and designers that are working with us to plan a library that meets our needs and is a functional yet beautiful space. Obtaining site plan approval is an exciting step towards our groundbreaking day. Truthfully, every step that gets our Shelby Township residents closer to walking through the doors of their new library is a thrilling one.”
The new library will sit on land currently occupied by the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department. Parks and Recreation staff will move to the new Shelby Township Activities Center, and the Maintenance staff will move to the old Fire Station No. 4 at 51599 Schoenherr Road.
At it’s Nov. 20, 2018 meeting, the Board approved a preliminary budget of $11.2 million for the new library. The added facility will be paid for with budgeted, saved funds and require no tax increase, no debt, no bonding and no borrowing. Following the site plan approval by the Board of Trustees, the next step in the process will be for the township engineer to post a request for proposals for construction.
“Now that we know where the building will sit, and what it will look like, the only step left will be to build it,” Stathakis said. “That’s a significant step, but we are closer than ever to giving our township its first-ever standalone library.”