Hamilton Co. library to break ground on three new branches

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will host groundbreaking ceremonies on Monday for new branches in Clifton, Reading and St. Bernard.

The new branches all replace smaller ones in those communities. The library expects the new branches to be finished by spring or summer 2015.

Clifton branch: 1:15 p.m., 3400 Brookline Ave.

A 10,000 square foot house on the National Register of Historic Sites will replace the 2,500-square-foot storefront that the Clifton branch has used for more than 50 years.

The house, known as Parkside Manor, was built in 1895 for George "Boss" Cox. It later became a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house. The fraternity used it for more than 60 years. Michael Dever, a fraternity member, acquired the house and donated it to the library.

The new branch will have on-site parking and outdoor lockers for after-hours pickups.

Reading branch: 2:30 p.m., Reading Road across from Southern Avenue

The new branch will be 12,000 square feet. That's 10,000 more square feet than the storefront that's housed the branch since 2000. The new branch will have drive-up service and ample parking, the library says.

St. Bernard branch: 4 p.m., Vine Street and McClelland Avenue.

The new branch will occupy 8,000 square feet. The city of St. Bernard donated the property. The new branch replaces a 2,000 square-foot facility at the St. Bernard Municipal Center. The library has been at the building since 1970. The library purchased a lot nearby for parking at the new branch.

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