Book it: Large donation puts campaign for new library and community center at its initial funding goal
By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD —In a press release the Marshfield Public Library has announced that the campaign for a new library and community center has reached its phase one funding goal of $7 million thanks in part to a large donation from Everett Roehl. The new library will be named The Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library.
Roehl is the founder of Roehl Transport, Inc., one of the nation’s 100 largest trucking companies.
The city has agreed to contribute $3 million to the project, while the other $4 million has been raised via private donations. When Hub City Times spoke with Marshfield Public Library Director Lori Belongia in August, the campaign had raised about $2.3 million in private donations.
The combined $7 million between city and private funds will complete phase one of the project, which will cover the cost of constructing the new library as well as making the community center fully functional. Phase II of the project will require another $2 million to be raised which will be used for additional enhancements to the community center.
When construction begins, the existing library will be transformed into a multi-generational community center and a new two story library will be built. The two buildings will be connected via a common lobby. The new library will include 30 computer stations, a children’s story time room, and an enhanced children’s library.
The community center will feature increased meeting room spaces, which has been a demand item in the community, and expanded activities and services for senior citizens. The two buildings will combine to make a nearly 72,000 square foot structure.
In the release, Roehl is quoted as saying, “I think this project is very worthwhile for the city and I am happy to be part of making it happen.”
Mayor Chris Meyer is quoted in the release saying, “We are proud to have started this project with the city’s commitment of $3 million. To many, the total private fundraising goal (of $4 million) seemed like an impossible task. We are deeply thankful to Everett Roehl for his incredible generosity, which makes this goal attainable.”
Belongia said, “This has been kind of in limbo for quite a long time, and it’s nice to know things are moving forward.”
Construction is set to begin in 2015 with the new library slotted to open in 2016.