COLUMBUS—The Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) Board of Trustees authorized CML to move forward with a plan to sell its Operations Center to Mifflin Township.
The Operations Center at 101 S. Stygler Rd. in Gahanna was constructed in 2002 to house CML’s Transportation Services, Collection Services, Senior Services & School Delivery (formerly Outreach Services), Property Management and IT departments.
Recent organizational changes have resulted in the facility becoming underutilized, particularly on the second floor. As the organization has evolved to react to changing times, cloud technology and expanding customer needs, CML no longer requires the second floor space that housed the IT server room and staff offices.
CML plans to sell the building to Mifflin Township, while leasing a majority of the building’s first floor to continue operation of its Transportation Services, Collection Services and Senior Services & School Delivery departments. CML’s IT and Property Management departments would relocate to Main Library, joining other administrative departments.
Mifflin Township has for some time sought a location to consolidate its multi-departmental administrative functions, and this facility offers them the opportunity to relocate quickly and at a better value than building new.
“This is a tremendous example of two public entities working together to leverage tax dollars to maximize operational savings,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “Not only is this a win-win for both organizations, but for taxpayers as well.”
“We are very pleased to be working with Columbus Metropolitan Library,” said Lynn Stewart, chair of the Mifflin Township Board of Trustees. “We believe it’s a win for both organizations and extends our collaborative efforts with other governmental entities to reduce costs and improve services to our residents.”
The sale is expected to close later this year.
Mifflin Township serves approximately 36,800 residents in the City of Gahanna and 4,000 residents within the unincorporated township. The fire division operates four fire stations and a 9-1-1 dispatching center. Mifflin Township also has a police department serving the unincorporated portion of the township and a service department that operates two cemeteries and addresses other township maintenance issues.
Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.
CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.