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I watched the Dublin City Council – Regular Meeting – January 10, 2017 – Part 1 on You Tube, and was very impressed with the presentations and plans for the proposed new library for the “Columbus Metropolitan Library – Dublin Branch. I use the library 2 times a week and am there every Saturday. I would encourage you to go with the plans as presented as they look great, modern, well thought out, and would be a good fit for the site/location. The parking garage is a great addition. The open areas for community events are a good idea as it provides for community event, which is the best part of Dublin, in that we have things to bring us together. The idea of an outside movie night is a good idea, and will bring people to our downtown area, to have good events for families. When I come to the library, I see a lot of activities, from studying, to tutoring, to education assistance, to kids & families, and people just loving to learn. I am a life-time learner and am so impressed with the services and community that I see at the Dublin Library Branch. The focus of downtown Dublin has been on the history or past; but I believe a library is our future. So I would encourage you to look at the plans in that light. It is a wonderful place, and I would hope you to move the library plans forward as proposed so that we can build a great place for Dublin’s Citizens. Thanks!
— Timothy Bolwerk
It is a pleasure to address you on the matter of the design of the new branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library to be built in Dublin. In addition to the functionality of increased space and modernization, architecturally, the design allows for natural light and views of the city. Its modern edge will provide balance in the historic district to the new Bridge Park development. I fully support this new addition to our community’s landscape.
— Mary Yerina
Please do not construct the modern design submitted for the new library in old Dublin. Please consider the appeal of our historic town and continue to honor the traditional exterior of stone or brick. The new buildings on Bridge Street are an asset. Don’t approve what will in my opinion will be a liability in about 20 years. It does not blend with what exists. Thank you.
— Kelly Kerpsack
As we will not be able to attend the next council meeting on the 13th I hope that you will give this email equal weight and consideration as in person comments.
Let’s start with the need for a new library. A consistent problem in Dublin seems to be a lack of analysis–lots of discussion but no real analysis. The very first step in this plan should have been and still could be, if we can hit the pause button, a study of need, the results of which should not only dictate the need for a new library but how big it should be (if we need one at all). Have we studied the percentage of shelves currently being used for books (i.e. is the current library adequate for the number of books we stock)? If not, how much more shelf space do we need? How often is the current meeting space used and by how many people? How much of the current seating space (lounge chairs) is used? Same for the quiet area. How full is it during its maximum usage times? Is the children’s area ever overcrowded? Is the homework help area adequate? With this information I would use the 80% rule. Only if we find that any of these areas’ usage is at 80% or above would we need more space. Even then, would reengineering the space or putting on a small addition solve these issues (if in fact they exist)? Also, what percentage of usage is from patrons reserving their materials online and just running in to “get and go?” Adding to the online component, a great number of books and media are now available online via apps, thus lessening the need for actual materials. These and more questions should all be answered long before public money is spent. I don’t see why a math department at Dublin City Schools could not be enlisted to do the research and analysis.
If it is decided that a new library is warranted (not simply wanted), then more concerns arise. Chief among them is its design. It’s totally out of place in a historic district. A faux historic facade with a modern library behind it would be in keeping with its location. What of a design playing off its natural surroundings (the gorge)? Even having a design contest would be a good idea. If a new library is to be built we should hire our own architect in order to make sure that the building is done the Dublin way. What we are currently getting is library design 101. Its been done before 2 or 3 times. Nothing new, nothing special, nothing that says Dublin. Also, based on need again, is the huge increase in the space for staff necessary?
A further design issue is that any meeting space should be planned with the redo of the Rec Center in mind. The current Rec Center is woefully inadequate for a city of our size and will need immediate attention. My point is that the library cannot be designed in a vacuum without considering other facilities within the city and how they help to meet our needs. We need to be holistic in deciding what the city needs and in which facility do we need them.
The design also seems to be lacking anything particularly green, such as rain chains, rain gardens, EV stations in the garage, solar panels, maybe even a compact wind turbine. brown water usage, etc. We should be living our slogan “Dublin is Greener.” I know that Earth Craft builds green homes. Do they do libraries?
The proposed new set up also eliminates the in and out convenience of pulling up, or parking near the door, running in to pick up your saved item, and going. Now you’re parking in a garage and doubling your time and effort. Speaking of which, the parking garage also seems to have lacked analysis. How many total tables are in historic Dublin downtown restaurants? Figuring two people per table or one car per table, how many spaces do we need? Again I’d use the 80% rule. And how often has the current library parking lot been full? More analytical work that seems not to have been done. More work for the math department.
I’ll close with some general thoughts.
Dublin seems to be in a race with itself to develop every square inch of our city as fast as it can, no matter the cost to the city in either dollars or image. We need to freeze these plans and even future housing developments until we can see what the citizens really want our city to be. The irony of all of this is that we are going down the same path as Dublin, Ireland–tearing down the old and quaint and replacing it with glass, lots of glass. We can do better. Our vision in Dublin is currently conflicted and lacks cohesion.
Another reason to hit the pause button concerns communication. City Council should not move forward with this or any project until it can determine how to improve on communication. We have heard repeatedly that the library has been discussed for years, even more than a decade. From all appearances, this “discussion” seems have been between council and staff, staff and contractor, library and city, etc, etc, The discussion seems to be with everyone but the public. Therefore, it is not surprising that the community response is in the context that this is the first time that they are aware of it. This is because….
Public meetings do not equal public awareness
That’s just a simple truth. Most people, be it right or wrong, do not have the time to attend or watch a 2 1/2 to 3 hour meeting once or twice a month. Speaking personally, in order to watch the library presentation of the last meeting it took me 2 days and 3 sessions in order to fit it in between work, family, and all the other “stuff of life.” It would be money well spent to buy a full page add in the Dublin Villager after every council meeting in order to let the public know what was discussed, what resolutions were passed, even the whats and the whys of what went on at the last council meeting. This would create a wonderful two-way dialogue with the public. It would reflect honesty and transparency.
In the words of a current council member, we have to somehow stop this cycle of “people not knowing what’s happening until the bulldozer shows up at their door.” And then we’re told, “Too late now, sorry.” As a matter of fact, this is exactly what happened when the council passed the “Road Resolution” at the last meeting. Now that they have the public’s attention it’s too late. “Sorry you can’t keep your old library, you should have been paying more attention.” We, the public, are pushed into a corner. We are forced into accepting something we don’t necessarily want or need, which I find to be condescending to the taxpayers. It becomes rather elitist, that the council knows what’s best. The arena of ideas is what makes a community great.
Final thought (really):
Analysis plus stakeholders = a community that borders on greatness
Thank you for your time and consideration.
— T. Burt Dowden
My husband and I oppose the continuing affront to the character of Dublin by the radical transformation of its architectural heritage. The proposed design of the new library does not conform to the nature of the place we call home. It does not conform to the tradition of our historic downtown. And it does not conform to the design of adjacent buildings. The proposed library structure is an eyesore. We feel disheartened by ALL the changes that have somehow been pushed through City Council by hungry developers, but this is personal. This is our community’s library. It should reflect our heritage as a village, whose charm first drew our hearts here. And which also drew the admiration (and dare I say “envy”?) of surrounding cities. There is so much negativity in the air over the construction of the The Roundabout. It has divided our community–literally and figuratively. Please keep the futuristic remodeling of the city East of the historic downtown. Let the planned bridge link the past and the future, if there must be a link at all. In revising the design of the library to maintain the integrity of our city as founded, you will, at least, make some concession to “the other half” of Dublin residents who wish to preserve what we have and not sell out our historicity. As massive development swallows us, let there remain a part of us that treasures and preserves our heritage.
— Robin Miller
I just want to sent my opinion that I do not like the current provided design since it does not really meet the standards and continuity of the current design of old town Dublin. I personally would like to see a design that matches the more traditional look of the downtown area (interior can be as modern as they would like). I would think a design that leaves and impression of a building that is as historic as the other buildings it surrounds would be more desired, at least by me.
— Jim Organ
I am writing this email to ask that City Council work with CML to change the new library’s proposed exterior design. The building is too modern & does not belong in Historic Dublin. I believe that it will detract from the charm of Historic Dublin, the neighboring buildings & the old cemetery. It almost looks as if an alien ship fell from the future and landed ON our town. While it may be a beautiful building in its own right, it does not belong in Historic Dublin.
Please reconsider the new library’s proposed exterior design. Historic Dublin feels more & more unwelcoming with traffic racing in from the roundabout, exhaust fumes filling the air, lights flashing & pedestrians running for their lives. The Bridge street cooridor already feels like a mini downtown Columbus and the currently proposed exterior of the new library will add to the feeling that we are just another area of the big city (Columbus).
Please reconsider the new library’s proposed exterior design. This futuristic, modern design evokes feelings of a cold and heartless metropolis (think Gotham City). I disagree with others’ statements that the extremely modern asthetic is what the future generations will want. In reality, living in a big city is not what attracts people to Dublin. People come here because it is a more quaint, smaller town with a less frenetic pace of life & great schools… a place where you can feel safe, develop a sense of community, get to know your neighbors, and raise your kids in an environment where they feel connected, both civically and emotionally. People who work in the city come home here to escape it… to escape the noise, the chaos, the anonymity and the sense of detachment.
Please reconsider the new library’s proposed exterior design. Not only will it look out of place, but it threatens to negatively change the broader area of Historic Dublin. Historic Dublin is more than old buildings, it represents our heritage and symbolizes our values of home, community, and mindfulness. It is a unique and charming area where we can “step back in time” to take a relaxing stroll through a more peaceful era. We can easily go across the river if we want to feel like we’re in the Arena District. Please allow the historic area to remain a place where “things are greener in Dublin.”
I beg you, please don’t destroy our town center in the process of chasing modern aesthetics. Please work with CML to change the new library’s proposed exterior design.
— Kimberly Shepherd
Please reconsider the design for our new Dublin Library. The proposed design is wonderful but does not belong on the west side of the river in the historic Dublin area. Please consider using a classic Irish design the follows the ARB Guidelines. Historic Dublin is one of the treasures of our community. We have an explicit set of guidelines in place to keep it that way. This building should not be exempt from those guidelines.
I love the charm and character of our old downtown Dublin and feel it is important to keep it that way. But I am also excited and welcome the new development on the east side of the river. I am proud to call Dublin our home and am excited for the future of our community and looking forward to enjoying the Bridge Street District area and both sides of the River Park.
Thank you for all of your hard work and for asking for our input and opinions.
— Theresa Hausfeld
Count this long time (43yrs+) Dublin resident IN FAVOR of the new library design. The library is at the north end of town, barely in the “historic” district, and will be across the street from the new mega-construction of apartments & retail. How can anyone worry about the library design with the giant anti-quaint buildings going up on the east side of 745, ah yes, the newly widened 745 (so much for the old days when 745 was a scenic route)?
Just wanted to add a positive to the negative comments going around on Next Door.
— Claire Wolfe
Per the proposed design of the new Dublin library, the City of Dublin’s Public Affairs Officer, Susan Burness, recently commented the following on the social network web-site Nextdoor.com: “As with any project of this kind – there are opinions in favor and not in favor.” Ms. Burness went on to state in the same post: “Dublin City Council and the Columbus Metropolitan Library have received all the comments sent their way – emails and social media posts from Nextdoor, Facebook etc.”
It is evident on Nextdoor.com that an overwhelming majority of Dublin residents (I’m guessing 90%, give or take on this website) are vehemently against the proposed contemporary futuristic steel and glass design of a new library at the property of the existing library. The primary reason is that the proposed design does not complement the old-town historic district style of Dublin which the property is part of and/or adjacent to. Moreover, there is a petition against the proposed design, signed by 140+ people. I do not know of a petition that is in support of the proposed design. Also, I know many of my fellow Dubliners that have posted their opposition to the proposed design on Dublin’s Facebook.com site. I wonder how many have posted on Facebook that they are for the proposed design. I can’t imagine very many in comparison (albeit, I don’t use Facebook so I don’t know this for sure). I also know that many people have said they have sent e-mails to the City of Dublin expressing their opinion about the proposed new library design. How many of those e-mails are in support of the proposed design, how many are against and would the City of Dublin be willing to share all of the e-mails it has received and the ratios of those that are against and those for the proposed new library design?
Furthermore, how much weight does the City of Dublin give to the percentages of Dublin residents communicating that they are against the proposed design and those that are for the proposed design? In other words, for example, if there is an overwhelmingly higher number of people expressing they are against the proposed new design (say, if 90% of 200 people that you might have feedback from are against it), to what extent does that ratio guide the City of Dublin to make decisions to “go back to the drawing board” and develop another design that its public will support?
I would very much appreciate a straightforward honest answer to the above questions.
— Steve Metzler, 26-year resident of Dublin
I’m reaching out as a resident and member of the COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY System to simply say kudos! The new proposed library design is exquisite. I love the sleek contemporary look in addition to the open feel. With its placement in old Dublin complemented by the use of old stone with modern glass, it allows the facility to really become a community destination for educational programming, research, and entertainment. I must say, that I am truly looking forward to the opening of this branch.– Derek DuBose
I write to express my enthusiasm for the proposed new design of the Dublin branch of the library.
I am a life-long resident and can remember walking from Indian Run to visit not only the current library, but also its previous tiny version. I am grateful that the design proposal will not allow our city to become a Disney style knock off of a historical community. This design is exciting and will truly fit in with the entire Bridge St. redevelopment and allow this library to become a centerpiece for our community!
— Thomas Tootle
Just wanted to let you know that I really love the new design for the upcoming Library renovation. Excited for 2018 and to be able to enjoy all the wonderful new facilities available to my kids.– Nikhil Hunshikatti
Please move forward with the new library.
— CJ Smith
My family is also not in support of the loud dissenting minority. We agree with a broader perspective and support an improved Dublin library regardless of the design. Dublin needs and deserves a new library. It is our hope our elected officials don’t get swayed by the loudest voices and consider the vast silence. Which is more meaningful 500 angry voices or the remaining 41,300 that are not up in arms? Let’s not blow the possibility of a new Dublin Library!
I am NOT signing this petition, but offering up an alternative voice for Dublin City Council to consider. I like the design and think it will blend well with the existing structures as well as serve as a gateway to the development on the other side of the river. People hated the Louvre Pyramid when it was first proposed. Today, it’s quintessentially Paris. This new library design has the potential to be our Louvre Pyramid. Let’s not blow that chance with a “get off my lawn” mentality. Plus, my kids love it.
— Barb Fiebig
I am writing to share my concern for the newly proposed library plans. As a resident and business owner of Dublin I am very disappointed in the direction the proposal is going in regards to design. In two months I am relocating my business to Bridge street specifically because of the charm. I feel the library will greatly impract the overal integrity of the Bridge street area. On behalf of my concerned residents I am requesting for the design to be reconsidered to maintain the historical feel and look.
— Aimee Rhoden
The proposed design of the new library does not fit with the historic feel of Dublin on the west side of the river. I believe community input will support a more traditional exterior design.– Nora Williams
There are so many negative comments about the design of the new library on our Muirfield Nextdoor site. I love the modern design. I think it’s dynamic and forward thinking, and believe it will blend beautifully into the evolving community. I hope the council will not give in to those who want a boring traditional brick building with no foresight to the future.
— Connie Ricer
Why did the Dublin City Council request a modern or contemporary design for the new library, to be built just north of quaint Old Historic Dublin, where so far, all the new buildings completed still have a romantic quaint charm to them. I was out to dinner with a group of Dublin friends, where everyone was making fun of the design, with one person saying even the Jetson’s would reject this design. From what I’m reading it appears the decisions have been made, so I’m sure that we as Dublin citizens can give our opinions, but we are wasting our time. I’m just wondering why anyone thought a modern design belonged in this location. Thank you for any input if anyone has time.
— Lisa Hoppe
Having lived in Dublin for over 33 years, and owning a business in Dublin, I feel that the library should reflect the historic aspect of old Dublin. I’m all for moving into the future, and making improvements, but there is something to be said about keeping in touch with the past that got us to this point!
There are enough new modern building designs going on on the east side of the river; let’s keep “Downtown Dublin” looking historical and true to its’ roots!
— Shirley Landthorn
Please reconsider the design of the library remodel. It will not enhance the beauty that already exists in Old Dublin, instead it will stick out like a sore thumb.
— Carol Guthrie
I am not able to make the meeting tomorrow in regards to the new library design but would like to voice my opinion. I don’t think the new modern design fits in at all with the look of the city of Dublin. The quaint buildings built a couple of years ago do not fit with the glass monstrosity they have designed for the library. I have lived in Dublin since 1985 and am disappointed in this change of look Dublin is going for. The city of Worthington has the right idea with a classic look that can stand the test of time. This will be a real eyesore in the future just like so many of the buildings they demolished on the OSU campus that were built in trendy materials.
— Heather Priestland
I wanted to express my disappointment in the design for the new Dublin library. As this design is replacing the current building in Historic Dublin, it should be required to match the architecture plan of the area. New buildings were erected in Historic Dublin within the last 10 years and needed to comply with certain design standards by the city to fit in with the buildings on the National Registry. The library should be no different, especially since they are using public funds.
— Tracy Bertin
Can you please pass along my request that when the new Dublin library is designed and built they include a drive thru drop off?
It’s difficult to rerun books when you have to take your kiddos along and there is no drive thru option.
— Kelly Sobieski
As an (at minimum) fifth generation Dublin resident, as a former “volunteen” at the Dublin branch of CML, and as a librarian, I wholeheartedly endorse the new library proposal…Given Dublin’s tremendous growth combined with the need for more and updated library space CML’s design proposal is on target in terms of size and concept. In terms of style, it fits in with recent library and higher education new builds as well (see the Orange branch of the Delaware County District Library, or Columbus State’s Delaware campus, which houses the library/learning center). Finally, the design proposal seems to compliment the Bridge Park flavor of the new developments…In closing, this new library building is more than welcome in my community.
— Kristine Kinzer
I am very excited about the new library but was a little shocked at the architecture chosen. I would like to see it built with a traditional look in brick or stone . I do not see how it will even fit in with the other buildings surrounding it. Please take another look at these plans.
— Lisa Gevas
The plans for a three-story, ultra-modern structure in the heart of west Dublin’s mostly single-story, antique district strike me as being hugely out of place. Shouldn’t we aim for a design that is more in keeping with the scale and historic charm of old Dublin? Before we proceed with this building project, I strongly urge the community be given an opportunity to consider a more traditional design sympathetic to the area’s current architectural surroundings.
— Jeannine Gradeless
I urge you to revisit the architecture design of the new library and to PLEASE go with a design that is consistent with the area. This building does not fit in the area and will look dated very soon. Please consider a classic style that you make ALL other old Dublin businesses conform to.
— Jennifer Daugherty
Hello, and thanks to you all for your work, and also for taking suggestions and ideas about so many items in Dublin’s development.
I would just like to suggest that we keep the external library design to mimic that of the downtown Dublin area. My personal concern is that we are losing a cohesive and identifiable image for our town. For instance, when we think of New Albany, we have an immediate visual image that comes to mind. Conversely, if Dublin builds a new sleek glass designed library, as seen in images presented, it directly contrasts with the architecture of the downtown area. While I know many opinions exist, Dublin, as an “Irish-themed” community seems to be slowly losing the beautiful historical coziness that we have held in such pride.
Just a thought, and thank you for your time and consideration.
— Kathryn Younker
I am very excited about the project for a new library in downtown Dublin; however, I do not like the proposed architectural design. Downtown Dublin is a quaint area filled with charm and history and I would like to see a library design that is very similar to the current architecture of downtown Dublin. Thank you and I know there are many other friends and neighbors who fell the same.
— Michele Monahan
I am very concerned about the proposed architectural design for the new library. The library is something of a “hub” in historic Dublin, yet the proposed new design will not fit in well visually with the rest of the area’s brick & stone structures. Part of the “charm” of downtown Dublin is its classic, historic feel. I realize the design still needs to go in front of the Architectural Review Board and may not even make it to City Council in its current form, but I am concerned enough that I wanted to share my thoughts with you before it is “too late” to make changes to this plan. Please, please reconsider this design.
— Nancy Byron
Some of us who would like to attend Architectural Review Board meeting this Wednesday to give our opinion won’t be able to make it. I wanted to be sure that the city and the library understand that the majority of citizens do NOT like the new design plans for the library. I’m not sure if you are on the Nextdoor website, but here is a brand new post from it that I wanted to share with you so you would be sure to understand people are NOT in favor of this new design.
The current proposal for the new library and also for the new city/library garage is one of a “modern” or, in my opinion, very 1960’s or 1970’s retro look. The design is scheduled for an “Informal Review” at the Architectural Review Board meeting this Wednesday at 6:30pm, at Dublin City Hall. This is a chance for anyone who wishes to preserve the historic nature of downtown Dublin to speak up. I know everyone has an opinion on what is attractive, but I just hope people remember that this building will likely still be there in 50 years. What is trendy today is an eyesore tomorrow. Just think about certain cities or areas that once seemed attractive, but now look very dated and old because of the once trendy design they had chosen is what they are still stuck with even though it is outdated. Or think of your most recent home remodel. Sure those brass fixtures and big bulb bathroom lights were all the rage in 1980, but now people are sinking money into trying to rid themselves of them for a more modern look. The problem is, the city or the library can’t afford another remodel any time soon after building this “modern” library. Choosing a more classic, timeless design would, in my opinion, serve us all well. It could prevent a repeat of the current situation we have where the city is trying to make the whole block of 1980’s buildings look more attractive to companies to lease. Let us learn from our mistakes and avoid making another one.
Here are the replies so far just today. 13 people replied in agreement and took time to post comments and 10 others thanked me for the post showing their support of making the library a historic looking building. Some even suggested a petition to show support. Other Dubliners have told me they plan to email you themselves. I don’t know the people below personally, but we all agree that historic Dublin should stay that way. Please don’t ignore us.
I am a huge supporter of the library system, but this building is not the right one for historic Dublin. Please require them to change the design to fit with our Dublin image. No one comes to historic Dublin to see a building like the one proposed. It will detract from the image we have all worked so hard to build.
— Tracie Bourquin
Please don’t be swayed by the loud minority that is only expressing dislike for the new library design. They are a small percentage of the Dublin population. They are protesting all the recent and future changes in Dublin.
— Jordan James
The design for the new library does not fit in with the historic Dublin area. It is going to look completely out of place and will change the feel of this area. I believe the library should look similar to the historic buildings that are in that area now. If a modern, glass building is desired, the library should be moved to the other side of the river where all of the more contemporary building is occurring. If the idea was to use the library to bridge the two sides of the river, it is not a good one. The bridge between the two should literally be the bridges themselves: use their design as a transition between old and new. By putting modern buildings in the historic district, we are losing the charm of the very origins of our city. Please revise the appearance of this building!
— Kim Starr
I wasn’t going to comment on the new library design until I saw all of the negative comments. So here I am! The library area is one of a bygone area of no historical interest. It was great that the new buildings at the intersection of Bridge and High reflected those across the street and made the intersection continue the historic feel. But as you travel up High, within one block the buildings transition into not nice mid-century modern buildings – the correct use of modern being mid-20th century. None of these buildings have architectural interest. I actually feel they serve as a transition from old Dublin to the new contemporary Dublin that is being built now with the condo and bridge that will connect the contemporary structures on Riverside Drive – and the new library. The idea of a faux historic building where the current library resides sounds, and in my imagination, looks ridiculous. I love all the glass! I think it will be a very inviting place to go. The people against are just stuck in their ways. This is not at the corner of Bridge and High. I don’t know why you need a get permission anyway. They will love it once it is built!
— Karen Way
Please make the library match the historic surroundings of downtown Dublin. The posted design is an eyesore, and looks outdated already. It is not appealing at all.
— Nancy Collins
I saw a prototype picture of a planned design of the new Dublin library. I do not like the design at all; and feel it does not at all fit or at ll complement the old-Irish feel, charm and architectural style of the historic district of old-town Dublin. Please contract for a new library design that fits with the charm of historic old-town Dublin.
— Steve Metzler
I am unable to attend tonight’s meeting, however due to many fellow residents’ request, last night I started a petition regarding the planned exterior architecture of the new Dublin library. https://www.change.org/p/dublin-city-council-proposed-exterior-of-the-new-dublin-library-should-match-existing-architecture?recruiter=10451482&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink
— Kay Walker
Dear Ms. Salay,
As you are certainly aware, the Historic Dublin area is a gem not only for Dublin but for all of Ohio. Numerous properties are on the National Register of Historic Places and some were built as early as the 1820s, a time in history when our country only consisted of 24 states. The business owners and residential property owners have gone to great efforts and expense to restore / maintain the historic integrity of their properties. The Dublin Architectural review board has worked hard to-date to ensure that the area maintain this historic nature and charm. This amazing district of Dublin draws thousands of visitors who come for a glimpse of the past.
I am very concerned with the proposed library in the northern end of Historic Dublin. This ‘iconic’ new facility is completely at odds with the neighboring historic properties. I would like you to consider two different options at this point.
Find a more appropriate location for this very contemporary facility
Why does this structure, planned to be twice the size of the existing library, need to be at the same location? This will result in more traffic and congestion to an already congested area. Historic Dublin will already realize significantly more traffic over the coming year as the Bridge Park project is completed. Why does someone going to the library need to travel to Historic Dublin? There is plenty of land around the Rec Center or off Emerald Parkway. We already have community facilities in the Rec Center; why not locate this new community-gathering place / library in the same area? Let’s leave the Historic District for people who want to enjoy the shops, restaurants, and ambiance of Old Dublin.
Modify the design of this proposed structure
This massive, ‘iconic’ structure clearly does not fit with the character of Old Dublin. The design is about as far from the National Register properties as anything I could imagine. The scale and height dwarf anything currently in this district. The materials and extensive use of glass also are also in conflict. Per Dublin’s Preservation, Rehabilitation, and New Construction Guidelines, “Historic Dublin’s unique character has already been noted; it is a blend of buildings, spaces, landscaping, street patterns, and other elements that has grown over time and is not duplicated anywhere else. New buildings in the district should be designed to fit into this strong existing context. The most appropriate designs for new buildings take account of the context and make an effort to respect it and fit in visually”.
Here is how Ohio.Org characterizes Historic Dublin:
Come rediscover life in the slow lane in Historic Dublin. Nestled on the banks of the Scioto River, this is where the original village of Dublin stood (1810). Wander the brick-lined sidewalks. Take a self-guided walking tour and marvel at the charming examples of early 19th-century architecture — where all of the buildings are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Browse through quaint shops. Discover Celtic jewelry, Avoca woolens, Belleek china and more at Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland. Shop for luxurious yarns at Temptations, lovely home decor at Chelsea Borough Home, needlepoint goods at What’s the Point and goodies for girls at Z Bearlas and Boho 72 Boutique. Sample delicious treats (or buy gifts) at Sisters Sweet Shoppe and Our CupCakery. Discover loose leaf teas from around the world at TehKu Tea Company. Fresh florals and gifts are available at Dublin Florist. Lunch at one of Historic Dublin’s great eateries like Dublin Village Tavern, Oscar’s, Tucci’s, J. Liu, La Chatelaine French Bakery and Bistro, TehKu Tea, Donato’s Pizza, Brazenhead or Mr. Sushi. Sip a latte at Winans fine Chocolates and Coffees or savor one of Jeni’s Ice Creams amazing combinations. Discover all this and more in Historic Dublin, Ohio.
Do you really feel that this proposed 40,000 spare foot, three story, contemporary facility is consistent with “Come rediscover life in the slow lane in Dublin Ohio”? In the appropriate location, I think the proposed library would be a nice addition to the Dublin community. I hope you reconsider moving forward with the this project as currently proposed.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.
— Dave Kirkley
Contact Community Relations
Dear Ms. Burness,
As a resident of Waterford Village, I feel very strongly that the design chosen for our new library does not fit into the charm of our historic downtown. Could you please tell me why this modern design was chosen, when the people who live here in the Bridge Street District as well as Historic Downtown prefer to preserve the old historic charm of this area?
Sally Van Horn
Contact Clerk of Council
I just want to let you know that I’m a Dublin resident who supports the new modern design of the downtown Dublin library. It looks cool, doesn’t take away from any historic character of the neighborhood, and the parking garage will be needed when Bridge Park is finished.
— Joe Gatto
I have been to the public meetings held at the library in the past several years regarding the new library design. I very much like the new design. In fact, the sentiment at the meeting from the public was very positive for the new design.
When the new design was published in the Dublin Villager, the people I happened to speak to all loved it.
Please don’t rush to scrap the design just because some people have gotten fired up and gone to one council meeting. If the decision is going to be made democratically, perhaps a survey should be taken of all residents.
Have you ever been to Europe? Their cities are filled with a mixture of old and new architecture. And it’s lovely.
— Jocelyn Alford
After hearing the presentation on the new library, please allow me to offer my concerns and observations.
Forced and self-imposed.
Throughout the presentation it became clear earlier decisions or priorities contributed to undue constraints causing a domino-effect of solutions – resulting in issues I find problematic. To allow for the Rock Cress Parkway right-of-way, the site was significantly reduced from 3.5 acres to 1.15 acres. Additionally the City wanted half the site for a parking garage. Understandably, it is challenging to double the size of the library and accommodate more parking on a site that has been reduced by 65%. Thus the consequences began.
Rock Cress Parkway.
Instead of the library, a civic cultural center, being integrated into the “scenic easement” open space of Indian Run Creek and the Grounds of Remembrance (Veterans Park), the Rock Cress access street establishes a hard, defined separation between that area and the library. The street forms a definitive urban block. Perhaps one consequence is the more urban look and siting of the proposed design, versus a design and materials of more organic and natural in personality. The street also strains the psychological connection to the property to the north; further supported by the southern side (main) entrance facing town. Though Rock Cress purports to become a necessary collector street to the School property development, neither the garage or library physically use it as access or have facades any more developed than those facing the North Street alley. In fact, the service area off Rock Cress signifies that the north side is the rear of both buildings.
Rock Cress Parkway and Grounds of Remembrance.
Although I appreciate the idea that Rock Cress could be eliminated, moved to the south, or combined with North Street, Rock Cress Parkway is here to stay. A library in the park or an integration of uses is all but impossible given the hard, definitive demarcation of a paved “Parkway” (which in my mind is typically a step above an arterial). Given a desire to maintain Veterans Park as a quiet respite for contemplation and reflection, a screen of plant material is likely to provide visual isolation. However, making this important community park cut-off or isolated would be short-sighted. In fact, connection to the south and its activity should be strengthened. Two obvious opportunities exist with a.) developing the terminus of Franklin Street to enhance entrance to the Cemetery, Recognition Walk, and the Indian Run Trail, and b.) establishing a visual corridor extension of the library’s “garden” alley.
Additionally, I suggest the bedrock be artistically exposed as a strong landscape feature on the northwest corner of Rock Cress and along High Street to the Vets Park. Expressing this natural, historical feature here will help soften the transition along High Street, help unify, and makes the “natural” connection to the Indian Run scenic easement and the pedestrian bridge to the River Crossing Park East.
One last note regarding the effect of Rock Cress on the Grounds of Remembrance. Rock Cress is a one-sided collector serving future development on the school property to the west. The nature of its alignment and location bordering the Indian Run scenic easement – from the falls to the rock out-cropping at High Street, helps tremendously in “grounding” or “place-setting” the Veterans Park – thus lessening the road’s isolationist effects.
Among the key issues for me are:
– lack of improved book-drop off, (garage entering, location, right out, no connection to library, pay to park)
– right turn only from garage onto Rock Cress,
– lack of enclosed garage-library connection,
– not making the plaza part of the project,
– building height and shape,
– architecture and lack of context and Dublin “identity”,
– lack of improved library collection,
– paying to park,
– garage too expensive,
– viability of “green” wall and desirability and usefulness of “garden” corridor.
Lack of improved drop-off, garage use, and right-turn only.
Having a drive-thru drop-off (or pick-up) is a great convenience desired today. Yet, it just didn’t receive priority. In fact, the current design discourages this function. One has to enter the garage, get a ticket, pay somewhere, make a sharp right turn immediately followed by a left turn, and endure safety conflicts by crossing a pedestrian path and traveling down a parking aisle just to drop off a book. Then right turn onto Rock Cress then make a right turn back onto High Street to proceed west on Bridge Street. Why put more traffic on High Street when one could use Rock Cress and Franklin Street to filter onto Bridge Street? Can we test having the exit be both left and right turns? Also, if the North Street entrance aligned with the parking aisle, it would seem less convoluted for those dropping off a book.
Enclosed connection between garage and library. Not a necessity but surely a desirable attribute that isn’t getting due attention. Perhaps it occurs as a bridge?
Developed south plaza. This space is integral to the library’s being. This plaza sets the library as an important civic building, and for me, is critical to the project. It deserves to be a key budget item!
Building form, siting, and architecture. This is going to be difficult to convey, so I strongly encourage this project receive ARB review and approval. They are the City’s design consultants in this area.
Setbacks. They are appropriate and appreciated; as is the shifted parallelogram.
Massing. Mass can be a visual game. The architect uses texture and pattern to ‘mask’ the mass. However, establishing a streetscape rhythm of distinguishable masses might be more effective than reliance upon the use of materials and texture.
Height and Shape. For me, the wall treatment isn’t enough. Combined with the height and stark box-like shape, the building doesn’t feel comfortable. Articulating the façade and the roofline might help. Perhaps the footprint is increased to lower the height or allow a partial top floor.
Size. From a site plan perspective the garage dwarfs the library building. Being separated instead of integrated exacerbates the size differences. Hopefully the rendering exaggerates its monolithic impression. Seeing a physical model in the context of the surrounding buildings would be extremely useful.
Mass, height, size, siting, and other elements can be scaled to convey a welcoming building that fits within its environment. Color can also become a key design element.
Context within an historic district.
When compared to the quaintly scaled buildings to the south, this single raised monolithic box will definitely stand out. However, overwhelming is not the same as iconic. Different is not the same as forward-thinking.
I see a design more focused upon itself than consideration towards its surroundings. In doing so, the building reflects a very common style. Perhaps iconic, but it is not unique or grounded – meaning it could be placed anywhere. I expect future buildings to the west would use a similar vernacular, thus diminishing the library’s “wow” factor. Whereas a design responsive and reflective of its surroundings (which can also be iconic, unique, contemporary, dynamic, and “cool”) would be appropriate now and in the future. I fear the proposed design can become dated fairly quickly. Guidance from the ARB can be instrumental in ensuring the building conveys the scale, character, and values of our community while being a positive attribute to our historic district.
This was brought up in the meeting. Our DVD collection is very sub-par. Doubling the space should allow for a bigger collection overall. I just see more “hang-out” areas.
As the Veterans Park was considered, I tried hard to strengthen the connection between the Library and the Grounds of Remembrance. I suggested a dedicated area (stack, room, or file cabinet) to house information about Dublin’s history with an emphasis on the lives and experiences of our veterans. One could research and learn then visit the park, or vice-versa, to make the tangible connection. Included would be photos, bios, stories, etc. of those commemorated. It would also house those messages and items left in the Memorial Wall. I still believe the community would benefit from an area within the library dedicated to Dublin and the Dublin Historical Society.
— Ken Klare
Re: Historic Dublin/New Library Design/Bridge Street – Public Input
Thank you for this opportunity. As a resident of the historic district I would like to share my thoughts as part of the conversation regarding the Historic Dublin/Library/Bridge Street development. I have specific concerns regarding the proposed design for the new library and adjacent parking garage.
Whilst I agree that Dublin will benefit greatly from a larger purpose-built library, and the design (in the right environment) is creative and unique. I do have concerns and questions about the appropriateness of placing three and four story contemporary (in design and materials) structures in the heart of Old Dublin. I was greatly disappointed to hear the words “iconic”, “contemporary concepts”, “unified” and “dynamic” – used multiple times by the architects commissioned to design the library. And even more, surprised to hear that this was what the city was leaning towards. The residents and small business owners in Old Dublin must abide by strict regulations impacting the esthetics of their structures – which I like, as it respects and maintains the property’s history, and preserves it for future generations to experience. I feel investors and city funded/large corporations should have to do the same.
We are fortunate, the Historic District has managed to retain some elements of Dublin’s rich and historically significant past. Modest dwellings and small businesses, outbuildings, porches, cottage gardens, views of the river partially remain intact. And while many of us embrace tasteful, harmonious change, good roads, a new library, a plethora of new restaurants and social opportunities – at least in Old Dublin, we have to remember that people also value the contrast found in the historic district. What remains of High Street and Riverview affords people the feeling of going back in time. They love the “front porch mentality”, families engaging on the sidewalk, on the benches and green spaces; unique shops, historical buildings and architectural elements which promote conversation, feelings of nostalgia and evoke questions. People love the alleyways, the way the light streams over the tin and shingle roof tops and through the trees. They like that everything is just a little “off plumb” and is at varying stages of aging or maturity, and how every year certain plants sprout up between the cracks in the stone walls or the pavement.
Most of us are probably aware that the majority of the identified historic buildings in Dublin were built in the early to mid 1800’s. These properties reflect the influences of modest village homes and small farms, and were fabricated using local resources, like limestone, walnut, cedar and oak, with plaster and lath interior walls, wooden structural pegs and hand forged nails. Their structure, architectural elements, scale, positioning in relation to each other, the walkways, open spaces, mature trees and roads all combine harmoniously (for the most part) to create Dublin Village. As you know, this part of our city’s rich and colorful history connects with the Wyandotte tribe, living through Civil War, the underground railroad, brawling taverns and thriving industry – starting with the blacksmith, milliner, saddle maker, wagon maker and grocer who chose High Street and the surrounding area to raise their family, build a business and a community almost 200 years ago. At that time there were 23 stars on the American Flag and the world was a different place – and yet, here in Dublin, we are fortunate that there is still evidence and the ambiance of that original settlement to embrace, protect, enjoy and use to educate the ever growing population. We have something invaluable which transcends the underlying trend for focus on monetary value, industrialization and urbanization.
I am looking forward to the new development north of the bridge across the river becoming part of our dynamic, innovative community. However, my understanding is that Historic Dublin is looked upon from a slightly different perspective. While we embrace moving forward, providing world class amenities, easy access to entertainment, creative architecture, event spaces, multi-lane roads and roundabouts, we also need to remember that people are drawn to the historic district because of the contrast it provides with the fast paced, large scale, environments. For this reason we need to nurture and protect what we have.
I think it important that the city refer to the ARB Preservation, Rehabilitation and New Construction Guidelines which we, as residents and small business owners of the Historic District are bound to adhere to. Specifically in discussion regarding the new library design and parking facilities, the “New Construction Standards” are relevant, and look at the following considerations:
• Placement and orientation on the lot
• Scale and proportion
• Materials, textures, and colors
• Massing, form, and roof shapes
• Rhythm of openings
• Window-to-Wall Ratio
From my limited knowledge it would appear that proposal for the exterior of the new library does not adhere to any of these standards. And yet it is in the historic district of Old Dublin.
I’m not against change, nor do I think new properties have to try to look like they were built in the 1820’s. However, in looking at a new build within an existing functioning environment, we should consider the adjacent buildings to the proposed property. In the Historic District they are modest dwellings and small businesses, with outbuildings, porches, cottage gardens and views of the river. I believe that in addition to preservation, protection and regulation of buildings and landscapes which have been determined to have some historical and cultural significance, all new buildings, structures, and new developments should be cognizant of the way the property will effect the skyline, the light, and the backdrop to this area of historical and cultural significance. And not allowed to dominate, envelop and over shadow (literally) existing structures.
Main Streets and other historical places are rightfully valued for their architectural heritage and qualities―but that is not the only thing that makes them significant in our lives. According to the National Trust, historical sites must also possess “integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.” Historical places are equally important for the vital social functions they make possible, and the emotions they evoke in people. The architecture of our community plays a significant role in people’s attachment to the place. In designing new buildings within a historic area, I believe we should draw upon the environment, space, scale and feel of the area of the community to be developed and, design accordingly to create places that people will want to preserve in the future.
I saw the press release for the new library. I am reading in local social media that the review process to approve new construction projects was changed a year or two ago, and it is leading to buildings being approved that do not meet traditional Historic Dublin guidelines.
I thought the new library went through the same review process as other historic buildings in downtown Dublin. It does not appear that happened in this case for the library. I would like to learn more about who made the decision to disband the previous review process, and what justification was made for the new library.
I agree with many that the building looks out of place and something out of the 1960s. Also, I would think that such an expensive and prominent building like the library would have benefited from multiple designs being circulated among the taxpayers, and for open public comment to be made before a final design was selected. I do not remember any such opportunity.
Thanks for your help.
— Jeff Blasinski
Bridge Street Development Contact Form
I just wanted to express that I do NOT like the new design for the library. We moved to Dublin for its Irish charm and now all of the new buildings look retro and the charm is quickly beginning to go. The new library proposal looks like a huge spaceship and neighbors have been urged to write in about their dislike of the building. I don’t know why we are trying to make Dublin look like a generic Easton and not keep its old world charm.
— Lisa Shough