The Garden City Library may lose facilities due to city lawsuits – Advice Eating

There seems to be a certainty in the bleak near future of the Garden City Public Library.

It will not be part of the future community center at Schoolcraft College’s Radcliff Center, which the city recently purchased to replace the current Maplewood Community Center.

The city has been involved in a legal battle with the library since October 2021, and also has no plans to move the library to the new facility if Maplewood, where the library currently operates, closes.

“I don’t know why they should be,” City Manager Doc Dougherty said. “That does not make sense.”

The two disputes are the latest events in what library officials describe as a longstanding contentious relationship between the two public services. Dougherty said he’s confused as to why people think they’re in a bad relationship.

“People say it’s moving on,” he said. “I don’t understand what’s going on with anything.”

Well, let’s take a look.

A historically underfunded “people’s university”

                                                                                                                            Garden City Library.

According to library director James Lenze, the problems began in 2006 when the city moved its library from a standalone building on Middlebelt Road to the Maplewood Center.

The cost-cutting move reduced the library’s size by almost half — growing from a 12,000-square-foot facility to a 6,500-square-foot suite — and required a three-month library closure during the move. Lenze said city leaders wanted to close the library and strike a deal with Westland’s library, but public outcry prompted the city to keep it going.

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