Carmel library finds temporary home in former Marsh building 


The Carmel Clay Public Library will soon have a temporary home.

In September, the library will move into the former Marsh supermarket space in Merchants’ Square at 2140 E. 116th St. It is expected to operate there for approximately two years as a major renovation and expansion project is completed at its main campus at 55 4th Ave. SE.

CCPL is budgeting $500,000 to convert the former grocery store into usable space for the library. The monthly rent is approximately $41,500.

“That build-out will be minimal with safety and basic functionality as the primary concerns,” CCPL Communications Manager Christy Walker stated in an email. “There will not be meeting or study room space in the temporary location. While some space will be designated for programming, the COVID-19 situation means we likely won’t be doing programming right away when we open the doors.”

CCPL Director Bob Swanay previously said the former Marsh building was his top choice for a temporary location because of its size, central location and parking capacity. The 81,300-square-foot building has been vacant since Marsh went out of business in 2017.

The $40 million expansion and renovation project at the library’s main campus will include a parking garage, increased program space, outdoor spaces and relocating the Digital Media Lab to the main library building.

The library’s service population has doubled since 1999 when the main building opened.


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