The Avon Planning Commission voted on September 15 to reduce the parking plan for the expansion of the Avon branch of the Lorain public library system.
Avon’s director of economic development Pam Fechter said the site was short of a few parking spaces and the city was working through a deal with surrounding businesses.
However, due to unforeseen circumstances, this could not be achieved, Fechter said.
According to the city code, she said the Avon branch, located at 37485 Harvest Drive, would normally require 156 spaces.
But due to the circumstances, the plaintiff requested a plan consisting of 101 parking spaces, Fechter said.
In conversations with the architect about the project, she shared the city’s feeling that the parking plan was sufficient and that any additional parking would have a detrimental effect on the historic French Creek neighborhood.
Jason Nolde of the GPD Group said in a review of Numbers and Other Northeast Ohio Libraries that the parking plan strikes a good balance for Avon’s needs.
“By our calculations, we have about 228 square feet per parking space, so we offer more than our neighbors do in terms of library parking,” Nolde said. “And so, we feel like… we’re in the French Creek district trying to maximize as much green space as we can, I think that’s a good balance for this particular project.”
The Avon branch launched a 16,000 square foot expansion on August 10 that will double the size of the structure.
The $ 9 million project is funded by a 20-year, $ 2 million tax that is expected to raise $ 1.9 million annually.
The expanded library will total 26,867 square feet, up from the current facility of approximately 10,000 square feet, which will allow the library to meet the needs of the Avon community, library officials said. .
The design plans have the library expanded with a reading garden, a driving window, and an aesthetic aimed at blending in with Avon’s historic French Creek neighborhood.
The interior of the building will have increased meeting room capacities, technology upgrades and a dedicated area for programming for children and youth.
The library is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.