April Showers Bring May Library Construction?

Thank you to all of you who attended our groundbreaking ceremony last Saturday to celebrate the start of library construction.  Although the day was rainy and windy, as true Michiganders, we took it in stride.  Now the real digging will begin.

The library will hold two construction question and answer sessions on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Noon and at 6:30 pm.

Representatives from O’Neal Construction Inc. and Daniels & Zermack Architects will be on hand to answer your questions regarding the timeline and construction logistics for the new library building project.

The anticipated start date for construction will be May 14, 2018.  Click here for the site logistics map which shows the construction zone, library parking, etc.

  • 4th Street will be closed in early May 2018 until approximately June 2019.
  • The alley adjacent to the existing library (between 3rd and 4th Streets) will remain open.
  • The construction zone will be fenced off from May 10 2018 until May 2019.
  • The primary flow of construction traffic will be on 4th Street in order to keep construction traffic on Charles St. to a minimum.
  • Sidewalks along the northern half of 4th will remain open.
  • Primary parking for the existing library and construction worker parking will occur east of the existing library (on the site of the old H & B Accounting property).

The first phase of the construction will be excavation of the site (public parking lot and 4th street), grading, and rerouting of underground utilities.  The building construction will begin sometime this summer.

We are also negotiating a lease for the use of Sumpter Township’s “hexagon building” for a library media center which will offer free Internet, Wi-Fi, and computer classes.  This building is across the street from the Sumpter Township Hall.  We anticipate opening up this branch by the end of this year, after renovations are complete.


Mary Jo Suchy

Library Director