With dozens of officials and community members standing by, University Park officially broke ground on its new library Thursday morning in the Plaza at Preston Center.
The permanent home for the library will be part of a new five-story office and retail building, taking the place of the old Corner Bakery building.
“We will strive to become a true community destination, a community jewel that is worthy of its citizens,” said Friends of the Library president Susan Hall, before the groundbreaking.
The second floor of the new building will become the permanent home of the library; the city will own the space. The library space was made possible by an agreement between the city and the Plaza at Preston Center, in which the city abandoned bits of streets, sidewalks, and alleys in return for the space.
“We believe when we’re done, the quality of life in and around the Plaza will be even better,” said property manager Mike Geisler.
The library is expected to open by early 2013.