Plans begin for new library in Canfield

Talk of a new library in Canfield has been swirling for over 20 years. Now, work is moving forward once again on building a bigger facility.

Members of the Building and Sites Committee of the Public Library system in Mahoning County met on Thursday to look over proposals from architecture firms.

The next step in the process would be to make a recommendation to the full Board of Trustees, which would make a final decision.

“We then will start working with that architect to produce blueprints and plans for the community to look at and give us feedback,” said Library Director Heidi Daniel. “They have a voice in what the library ultimately looks like also.”

The current library branch has just 5,000 square feet of space. Trustees said they are considering a new building that could be up to four times larger but would still incorporate the original structure in the new design.

Officials are hoping to break ground in the spring of next year.

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