Friends and supporters of Peninsula Community Library (PCL) gathered at the Boathouse on Feb. 11, 2018 for an update on the capital campaign to build a new library on 5.25 acres on the corner of Center Road and Island View Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.
As of Feb. 8, 2018, the building fund, including local contributions, grants, pledged donations, fundraising events and more, has surpassed $1.8 million, edging closer to the $2.5 million goal by July 1, 2018.
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Also unveiled at the gathering was the new “Brick Project,” whereby bricks may be purchased and used in the landscaping of the new PCL grounds. Learn more about this opportunity here.
At the gathering, Fred Zwemer reported that the special use permit (SUP) for the new library construction is moving through the Peninsula Township process. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on Jan. 22, authorizing the Township Planner to draft a “Findings of Fact,” which will be reviewed and possibly adopted at the upcoming Feb. 26 Planning Commission meeting. From there, the SUP will go to the Township Board level for another public hearing, and may be approved by April.
PCL Board President Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer noted that the Planning Commission has been “an absolute joy” to work with. “We’ve had such wonderful support, and we’re at that point now where it’s real,” said Reamer. “We’re going to see that building on the corner, and that’s exciting.”
The annual “Books at the Boathouse” event will be held on April 9, 2018, and include a live auction. Watch more info about this event on the Gazette, and read about last year’s event here.
The PCL staff and board embarked on the capital campaign to build a new library in the winter of 2016. Donations thus far have included a generous lead gift from Bill and Nancy Davy, as well as gifts from Tom’s Food Markets, AcenTek Communications and The Grand Traverse Regional Foundation.
Here are a few photos from the Boathouse gathering.