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Marcellus Library unveils plan

Marcellus Free Library representatives will present plans for a new facility to the community at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 6, at Groeling Auditorium. Pending support via a public referendum, the Library has an opportunity to build at the site of the Upper Crown Mill.

The Upper Crown Mill property, just beyond the corner of Orange and Maple Streets, near Nine Mile Creek, is currently being developed. MCK Building Associates and Lake Architectural, local businesses with a strong track record for design and building with an eye toward historic preservation, are the developers. Their projects include: Thayer House in Skaneateles, The Lofts at Franklin Square, and Mirbeau Inn and Spa. The developers plan to replicate the historic industrial mill buildings that existed at the site for nearly 200 years. The buildings will be used as condominiums and small commercial office spaces and will be built in a landscaped, campus-like setting. The developers have provided plans to build a separate, custom-designed building for the library on the same property. For more about the developer/builders and the Crown Mill project, visit www.mckbuildingassociates.com.

A new library would serve the community in many ways. In addition to the current services, a new library will provide the resources to increase children's programming and space, provide a safe and productive gathering place for local teens, and offer more community programs. In addition, there will be more computers, technology-savvy meeting areas with a kitchenette, and quiet reading areas. There will be more shelving to allow for more new books and movies.

Parking will not be an issue if the community passes the referendum. The new Library would have 35 parking spaces.

The library will still be within walking distance for village residents due to the site's close proximity to the village center. In addition, the library will be disabled- and stroller-accessible throughout.

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