February 2nd, 2017
Here is the PowerPoint presentation that was shared at the Feb. 2 meeting to update the public about the University Heights branch renovation progress.
October 24, 2016
Renderings of the new interior design of the first floor of the University Heights branch, and two new outdoor renderings.
September 30, 2016
The University Heights Fire Department will be using the Library-owned houses on Fenwick (2175, 2179, and 2183) for training purposes from October 1-6. Residents may see artificial smoke, hear glass breaking, and see firefighters on ladders and on the houses. There will also be firetrucks in the street. If residents have concerns, they may call the UH Fire Department at (216) 321-1939. Demolition of the three houses is schedule for October 10.
September 14th, 2016
University Heights Closed
University Heights branch now closed until fall 2017. See final architectural rendering below.
Nellie, the Book Mobile
The Book Mobile (“Nellie”) will begin services on September 24, with the following stops:
Mondays: 1-3pm: GFS Store
Wednesdays: 1-3pm: Cedar Center Apts.
Service to Purvis Park will begin in October, 3-5pm
August 31st, 2016
The University Heights branch will be closed for renovation starting Tuesday, September 6. There will be no library services that day, only a surplus sale.
If you currently have holds at the University Heights branch, they will be available for pick up through Sunday, September 4. After that date, your holds will be waiting for you at the Lee Road branch.
July 27th, 2016
At its July 18 meeting, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library board voted on and approved the final design development drawings for the University Heights branch renovation…
June 20th, 2016
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library board last night voted on and approved the construction budget for the renovation of the University Heights branch at the June 20, 2016 board meeting.
The final budget of $5.6 million breaks down as follows: construction costs (“hard costs”) will be roughly $4.2 million, with an additional $1.4 million in “soft costs,’ such as land costs, moving costs, furniture and fixtures, permits, design fees, insurance, technology costs, and other items.
Tentative dates for upcoming building renovation activities at the University Height branch are below. The building is slated to be closed for renovation in September 2016 and remain closed throughout most of 2017. The project is expected to take 14 months to complete.
Heights Libraries has hired Lakewood-based Regency Construction Services to serve as the construction manager for the project. Regency will work closely with the Library and the architect, CBLH Design, during the final design process, providing construction costs and schedule information regarding the project. During the construction Regency and its subcontractors will handle construction, managing field operations at the site, while focusing on quality, safety, keeping the project on schedule and on budget compliance.
Throughout the summer, staff at the University Heights branch will be steadily weeding the collection to prepare it for storage. Some furniture and fixtures at the branch will be either put to use in the other library buildings or sold at a public surplus sale on August 27.
University Heights branch staff will continue to work for the library system at the three other branches, as well as provide outreach services with Heights Libraries newest addition: a Book Mobile.
The Book Mobile, which the Library purchased this month, will make predetermined, scheduled stops in the city of University Heights during the renovation period, providing city residents with a small, yet popular, selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. Heights Libraries plans to keep the book mobile after the renovation is complete and continue to use it for outreach purposes. More details about the Book Mobile will be available in coming weeks.
The Heights Libraries board is close to making a decision on the final building design. As soon as the plans have been finalized, images of the design will be released on the Library’s website.
Friday, July 29, 2016: Meeting rooms at the University Heights branch will close to public use.
Approximately August 15, 2016: In preparation for the renovation, the three houses on Fenwick (2175, 2179, and 2183) will be removed around this date, and construction fencing will be put up around the existing library building. Also, many outdoor plants will be moved to other branches and the large outdoor planters will be moved.
August 27, Saturday: Surplus sale, open to the public (furniture, fixtures, etc.)
August 28, 2016 (Sunday): A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the branch.
September 4, 2016 (Sunday): The last day the University Heights branch will be open before construction.
September 6, 2016 (Tuesday): The University Heights branch will be closed for renovation. (Monday, September 5 is Labor Day, all branches closed.)
May 13th, 2016
We have included the Request for Proposals for Environmental and Geotechnical Consulting Services for the University Heights Branch Renovation. Please click the link to download the PDF.
On Thursday, March 10, 2016, the City of University Heights Planning Commission approved the revised plans for the University Heights branch renovation. Now the plans head to University Heights City Council for approval, at their March 21 meeting. More details are available here.
Frequently Asked Questions about the University Heights Branch Renovation
Updated November 13, 2015
- Why is the library renovating the University Heights branch? The University Heights branch was built in 1952, and is now 62 years old. The beloved building, the second most heavily used after the Lee Road branch and the only branch in University Heights, is badly out of date, and this is the first extensive renovation. In the winter of 2014, we invited the community to let us know what they wanted to see at the branch. The top, nearly unanimous, responses were: more parking, a back door to make it easier to enter the building from the parking lot, a fully functioning elevator, restrooms on the first floor, and designated areas for children and teens. The building’s existing layout cannot accommodate those changes.
- How much will the renovation cost? Current estimates are $4.3 million.
- Will residents have to pay additional money for the renovation? No. The cost of the renovation has already been budgeted and requires no new money from citizens.
- How many houses are being removed to accommodate the construction? The Library has purchased three (3) homes on Fenwick (2175, 2179, and 2183).
- Did the library use eminent domain to obtain the houses? No. Public libraries cannot use eminent domain. The Library approached the owners, who all sold to the Library willingly for $140,000 each.
- Why didn’t the Library buy the current Dunkin’ Donuts property when it became available? The Library did not have sufficient funding to buy and clean up the property when the property became available.
- When will demolition of the houses take place? There is no set date yet, but it will take place sometime this winter.
- How long will the project take? The construction will take 8 – 12 months.
- How will University Heights residents continue to receive library services during construction? University Heights residents can visit our three other branches (Coventry, Lee Road, and Noble) during construction, but we are also looking for ways to continue service in University Heights, such as a small location to pick up holds and return books, and alternate locations for programs. Stay tuned!
Heights Libraries Board Chooses Direction for University Heights Branch Renovation
At the September 28 meeting of the Heights Libraries Board of Trustees, the Board announced the direction and scope for the 2016 renovation of its University Heights branch.The selected design’s price will be approximately $4.3 million in total anticipated project costs. The Library will pay for the renovation through money already budgeted in its Building and Repair fund—no new funds will be used for the renovation.
Many of the features of the new design schematic are a direct result of public meetings that Heights Libraries held in the winter of 2014, where residents were invited to share their hopes for the future of the University Heights branch. Top priorities culled from those meetings included more parking spaces, a rear door off the parking lot, a fully-functioning elevator, first floor bathrooms, and designated areas for children and teens.
In preparation for the renovation, the Library has purchased two houses directly to the south of the current location on Fenwick Drive (2175 and 2179 Fenwick), and will close on a third house (2183 Fenwick) in October. The houses will be demolished in the fall, and the additional space will allow the Library to expand the building and the parking lot.
The Library hopes to break ground in June 2016, and anticipates the project will take eight to 12 months.
This page will be updated as the project moves forward.
Design Images Update – July 27, 2016
At its July 18 meeting, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library board voted on and approved the final design development drawings for the University Heights branch renovation and authorized architecture firm CBLH to proceed to the Construction Documents phase of the project, providing contractor Regency Construction with drawings and specifications detailing the quality levels of materials and systems and other requirements for the construction of the work.