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Interior view Superior 4-15-22
Ceiling and walls underway

Published: April 20, 2022

In the last month, the roof has been completed and crews are making fast progress on interior work. The concrete slab has been poured. The subceiling insulation is mostly in place, and drywall is being installed. The walls are being framed and windows are being fabricated. We were delighted to welcome major donors and stakeholders into the space for a behind-the scenes Hard Hat Party during National Library Week. Attendees signed walls and posed with vests and hard hats to celebrate the progress of the new library. In the coming weeks, crews will begin installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing …


Superior exterior construction 3-14-22
Progress on roofing and underground plumbing

Published: March 24, 2022

Construction work continues at a fast pace. In the last few weeks, crews have completed the installation of roof sheathing and shingles. Boxes for the solar panel circuitry are in place as well. Crews enclosed the building structure and heated the inside in order to defrost the ground. Underground plumbing has been installed. The ground is being leveled in preparation for the pouring of the concrete slab. In April, you’ll begin to see exterior façade work. We are happy to announce the award of a $10,000 grant from the Mullick Foundation for the kitchenette. Alongside a previous grant from The …


Superior construction progress 2-22
Winter construction continues

Published: February 28, 2022

We are very excited, as construction of the new Superior building is now 35% complete, over a third of the way done! Construction crews have been able to keep working despite cold weather and snow. Structural masonry work is finished, the heating and cooling unit is in place, and gas and power are available. You can see the many dramatic angles to the roof, which give the building flair. Roof sheathing is nearly done. Crews are currently in the process of defrosting the building pad. They will enclose the structure so the interior can be heated as work continues. When …


Overhead view of Superior library construction
Building takes shape

Published: January 26, 2022

The exterior of the building is changing every week, sometimes every day! The structure is nearing completion. The majority of the exterior studwalls are in place. After a few delays, roof trusses arrived in mid-January, and the larger ones were installed by a huge crane. Once the finer truss work is complete, crews will install roof sheathing and shingles. The overhead photo to the right may be one of the last open-air views you will see! Curbs are in place, clearly defining the outlines of the parking lot and the drive-up book return. The masonry sign at the Harris Road …


YDL’s New Superior Library, Summer Lunch Program recognized with Children’s Foundation Grant

Published: December 10, 2021

The Children’s Foundation has generously awarded the Ypsilanti District Library $23,100 to help build the kitchenette at the new Superior Library branch (slated to open later in 2022).


Grants boost Superior progress

Published: November 24, 2021

This is part of a series of updates about the new YDL library being constructed on North Harris Road in Superior Township. Find more information and updates at YDL received word of two grant awards for specific features of the building. The Humane Society of the United States awarded YDL a $2,000 grant toward bird-friendly glass. The Children’s Foundation awarded the library $23,100 toward the new library’s kitchenette, making the free summer lunch program possible. To see the latest on the capital campaign, visit,     The construction team continues to make visible progress on the new library. The …


Beam raising at YDL-Superior
Steel Beams in Place

Published: November 2, 2021

Construction crews are making exciting progress on the building structure. Steel arrived on October 13, and in the following weeks, the building has taken shape in a visible way. On November 1, project partners gathered for a beam signing ceremony before the placement of the final beam. It was a festive occasion to mark a major construction milestone. YDL has received the necessary permit to connect the sanitary sewer line to the County drain; our construction manager is in touch with the County’s Water Resources Commission to schedule that work. Other water work has been accomplished; the fire hydrant is …


Double your donation to YDL’s Next Chapter Capital Campaign

Published: October 1, 2021

The Ypsilanti District Library is turning the page to a bright future, launching the Next Chapter Capital Campaign to help build a new branch in Superior Township!


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Progress on Water, Sewer, and Electric

Published: September 22, 2021

Since our last update, we’ve seen exciting progress in the construction of the new library. The sanitary sewer line has been installed. Water mains have been installed, pressure tested, and chlorinated. Our construction crew is awaiting a permit to connect to the county drain. Crews are installing underground plumbing for the building at this time. Electrical work has begun with the connecting of the light pole bases. We are in the queue for a full electrical hookup with DTE, predicted to be in about eight weeks.  Masons have installed block around much of the building’s perimeter.  The drive and parking …


New library construction progress
Foundation Work Continues

Published: August 19, 2021

Underground and foundation work continues at the new library site. Harris Road was closed temporarily to allow crews to install the sanitary sewer line under the road. Crews continue to work on the footings and foundation. Heavy rains have delayed that work slightly, but the crew is making significant progress. Excess soil from excavation and the digging of the retention pond is in the process of being hauled away. Coming soon: electricity! Electricians will be on site in the next weeks to install bases for light poles. The construction site changes every day. We encourage you to drive or walk …


girl walking along a path in an open book
The 2nd Phase of the Next Chapter Capital Campaign

Published: August 6, 2021

Thanks for making our $100,000 Young Family Challenge a success! For Phase 2 of our Next Chapter Campaign, help us double the size of our picture book collection for the new library.


We Did It…Thank You!

Published: July 29, 2021

Thanks to all your generous donations, we have reached our Young Family Challenge goal!


More to See!

Published: July 26, 2021

As you can see from these wonderful aerial photographs, the new library site is taking shape!  Diversified Excavating prepared the base for the building’s foundation with crushed stone.  Superior Township issued our building permit, so Diversified expects to begin pouring concrete next week.  Harris Road will be widened in conjunction with the new library construction.  The Library, Superior Township, and our respective engineering teams are partnering to make sure the process goes smoothly and efficiently, with the least disruption possible to neighborhood traffic. Act fast!  The Young Family Next Chapter Challenge runs through July 31. Visit before the challenge …


Construction has Begun!

Published: June 3, 2021

After the YDL Board of Trustees approved initial construction bids, construction work has officially begun!  Beginning the week of May 24, O’Neal Construction is on site to coordinate work, and subcontractors have begun earth moving operations. This involves leveling, moving, and compacting soil in preparation for foundation work and stormwater retention development. A construction trailer will be installed on site in the next week. We kicked off the Next Chapter Capital Campaign on June 1. You and your friends can help make the new library everything the community wants and needs! Please visit to learn more about how your …


Jean Winborn at groundbreaking
Ready to Build!

Published: April 19, 2021

We have officially broken ground! Our Groundbreaking Celebration, held April 7, was an exciting milestone in the construction process. The enthusiastic in-person crowd, engaging speakers, and fabulous weather made for quite a memorable event. Thank you to Bank of Ann Arbor for sponsoring the livestream, which allowed many more people to attend remotely. If you missed the event, check out the recording on the YDL Youtube channel. Thanks to an in-kind gift from Superior Township, we finalized the transfer of the land on March 29 for the rock-bottom price of one dollar. We are so grateful to Superior Township for …


Groundbreaking celebration for new Superior Library Branch: YDL’s Next Chapter

Published: March 16, 2021

The Ypsilanti District Library is hosting an outdoor, socially distanced community celebration for the groundbreaking of the new Superior Library building!


Groundbreaking Celebration and Progress Report

Published: March 4, 2021

At its meeting on December 16, the Superior Township Planning Commission approved the final site plan for the new library! Now our design work can be finalized and the construction can go out for bid.


Final Site Plan Approval

Published: December 17, 2020

At its meeting on December 16, the Superior Township Planning Commission approved the final site plan for the new library! Now our design work can be finalized and the construction can go out for bid.


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Site Clearing Progress

Published: November 3, 2020

If you have traveled past the future library site on North Harris, you no doubt have noticed exciting changes: site clearing work is underway! Brush and small trees have been cleared from the construction area. Once a soil erosion permit is secured, temporary fencing will be placed and the land will be prepared for groundbreaking. We anticipate groundbreaking in Spring 2021. Having the site clearing performed in the fall means the construction work can get a quicker start as soon as the weather permits. Over the winter months, we will continue finalizing all of the planning pieces so that construction …


sign at new Superior site
New Library Update: Fall 2020

Published: September 29, 2020

This is part of a series of updates about the new YDL library being constructed on North Harris Road in Superior Township. Find more information and updates about the project at Behind-the-scenes work continues on the new library, but soon everyone will see visible progress!  The week of 9/21 both the Superior Township Board and the YDL Board of Trustees approved a proposal for clearing the site on Harris Road in preparation for a spring 2021 groundbreaking.  E.T. MacKenzie Company was awarded the contract, and work is scheduled to begin on or around October 1st. Covid-19 has inflated the construction …