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Ida Maria Cahoon’s wish to have a library in Cahoon Park has taken another step closer to becoming reality.

After a stumble early in the process in which the public protested a previous architectural plan as being incompatible with Bay Village’s style, Cuyahoga County Public Library officials submitted new plans to the planning commission on Aug. 7 for a $7.5 million library to be built in Cahoon Park.

The new designs were presented by Cleveland’s HBM Architects, which also gave the commission building material samples.

“The planning commission feels over all that the architects are moving in the right direction,” Councilwoman Lydia DeGeorge said. “Personally, I liked the design and it’s being very well received by the public, which is most important to me.”

DeGeorge posted the new renderings for the library on Aug. 8 on social media, eliciting positive comments.

“I love it,” Claudia Prieto Beal wrote. “I have three grade-school-aged kids who use the library a lot and think this is an amazing addition to our community.”

The new design will be a two-story, 15,773 square foot building that will include an outdoor patio and a second-floor balcony that has two separate green spaces, Mayor Paul Koomar said.

However, these plans mean that the location of the Recreation Department will have to be changed. The department currently operates in the Bayway Cabin which will eventually be demolished to make way for the new library. Officials are currently debating the specifics of the relocation.

The plans will make their way next to the Architecture Design Review Board on Aug. 28. It will then head back to the Planning Commission until both boards are satisfied with the design. Once the project is approved by the commission, construction is expected to begin late 2020.

Last spring, the county delayed the project after many residents voiced their concerns over the modern design that looked vastly different from other buildings in the city.

Contact this reporter at akamczyc@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797

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