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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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We Did It…Thank You!

Published: July 29, 2021

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

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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 ypsilibrary.org/nextchapter before the challenge …

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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 ypsilibrary.org/nextchapter to learn more about how your …

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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 …

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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!

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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.

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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 …

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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 ypsilibrary.org/newlibrary. 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 …

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Superior Building Rendering Front
New Library Update: Summer 2020

Published: July 9, 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 ypsilibrary.org/newlibrary. The Covid-19 Stay Home order closed the library and delayed our project, but the new library is still happening!  If anything, the Covid crisis highlights for us even more the need for a full-service library in Superior Township, as the current facility is too small to allow for adequate social distancing. Superior Township has engaged OHM Advisors to engineer a widening of Harris Road.  This work was required by …

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See the Soon-to-Be-Improved Fireman’s Park

Published: March 6, 2020

As the new Superior Library is set for expansion, so is the nearby park. Fireman’s Park is scheduled for remodeling in spring 2020.

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Planning Continues for Your New Library!

Published: February 6, 2020

What are the latest developments? The Library installed a sign on the Harris Road property to alert residents of the site for the new project. G2 Consulting Group completed soil borings. Test results show a heavy amount of clay. This information helps our architect plan an appropriate foundation for the building and drainage for the site. For approval of the Library’s desired driveway location, the Washtenaw County Road Commission requires improvements to Harris Road. The Superior Township Board generously agreed to allocate funds to pay for the engineering of the road project. The Library, Superior Township, and the Library’s engineering …

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Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
Soil Boring, Road Updates, and Grant Announcement

Published: November 18, 2019

This is part of a series of updates about the new YDL library that will be constructed on North Harris Road in Superior Township. Find more information and updates about the project at ypsilibrary.org/newlibrary. What are the latest developments? You may have noticed some activity and changes at the construction site. On November 12, G2 Consulting Group cleared certain areas of brush in order to perform soil borings. Results will be available in late November, which our architect and engineering team will use to move forward with a site plan. The Library, Washtenaw County Road Commission, and Superior Township Board are …

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Location of new Superior Branch
Zoning and Site Plan

Published: April 13, 2019

Superior Township is voting soon to rezone the site to approve the library use. Our architect, Daniels and Zermack, is working with construction manager O’Neal Construction to refine the budget.

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Laying the Groundwork for our New Library

Published: March 1, 2019

Public input sessions were held in January, and we retained a construction manager for the project. Survey work has been completed, and the Architect and Construction Manager are working together to complete the schematic design.

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Final Call for Input on the New Library Building

Published: January 25, 2019

This is part of a series of updates about the new YDL library that will be constructed on North Harris Road in Superior Township. Find more information and updates about the project at ypsilibrary.org/newlibrary. What is happening right now? Progress in the areas of rezoning, survey work, and public input is helping us move toward an official schematic design. The library’s Superior Planning Committee reviewed proposals from four firms for a construction management contract. After evaluating those proposals, the committee selected two firms to interview. The committee conducted interviews, contacted references, and made a recommendation to the YDL Board of Trustees. …

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