Youngstown Foundation awards $1.6 million gift to library

A donation was made to fund the construction of a new library on the west side of Youngstown, Ohio.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Plans for a new library on Youngstown’s west side got a big boost Friday.

The Youngstown Foundation announced a $1.6 million donation to the Public Library this morning.

The new branch on the west side will be named in the memory of Michael Kusalaba, who established his fund with the foundation prior to his death in 2009.

Library leaders say they will demolish the current West Library on Mahoning Avenue to make way for the new building.

“This is just an incredibly special moment. It helps us solve a longstanding struggle on what to do on the west side. This donation makes a huge difference to our project, and I think, the community,” said Heidi Daniel, public library director.

The donation will cover 60 percent of the cost for the new library. Library trustees are looking to hire an architect soon and open a new branch on Mahoning Avenue in 2017.

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