Library to create new tech/innovation center in Troy

The innovation space will be modeled on the Xenia Public Library’s “Creator Space” model and will include equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters / printers, CNC milling and routing machines, video editing and recording equipment, and also media conversion. station, among other subjects.

The county’s development department is talking to the library about how the two organizations can make innovation and technology useful to small businesses and the business community.

A training lab with about 15 computers is also planned, offering specialized software and printers, as well as a business center with a copier, scanner, fax and other business tools. The training lab will allow the library to offer job search classes, resumes and basic and advanced computer skills. The lab will also be available for public use if classes are not held.

Under the lease, the library will pay $ 66,131, or $ 7.75 per square foot, for the first year. This includes utilities other than telephone services as well as cleaning services.

“This is a really win-win option for Miami County residents,” said Commissioner Ted Mercer. “This will help make the building more efficient for the county and help offset the county’s costs for operating the building,” he said.

“We are very much looking forward to new horizons for this building and library,” Lindeman told commissioners. In the fall, library officials asked the commissioners about a possible lease.

“It’s perfect. We don’t need to demolish, build or move anything, ”Lindeman said. “It will be much more accessible to us, much more flexible for us. There is also potential for future expansion. It has everything you need in a beautiful building. “

The library has the funds to make the necessary changes to the Hobart Center space, Lindeman said.

There are also plans to improve the current library, which was built in the 1970s, including its ventilation and ventilation systems and possible improvements in special areas of the library.

The library discussed plans for a possible new library building on the site of the current library, but these plans have not progressed.

The Miami County Library Project comes at a time when the Dayton Metro Library in Montgomery County is completing a construction project that included a new main library and branches throughout the county. These projects were paid for using a $ 187 million bond issue approved by voters ten years ago.

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