Ground-breaking is likely summer 2015, pending progress on the planning process with Hartland Township. Unlike the schools, the Library is subject to all Township ordinances in building plans. Yes, the Library is likely to shut down the Village location at some point during construction. Renovation and addition will happen on three sides of the building and, as there is only one handicapped access possible, the north door, services will need to be delivered from another site. Crossroads will be open and we have discussed other community collaborations to keep our services continuing throughout construction.
CROMAINE DISTRICT LIBRARY TIME LINE
1927 – Built by gifts from J. Robert Crouse and Henry Tremaine.
Land provided by Hartland Schools.
1978 – Bond approved by Hartland Consolidated School District taxpayers to build a 9,400 square foot addition.
1980 - Expanded Cromaine Library opened to public.
1995 - Due to the requirements of the state that school funding only be used for school-based education, Cromaine District Library formed through a joint agreement of the Hartland Consolidated Schools and Hartland Township.
The District Library’s borders match the Schools’.
1997 – Cromaine District Library is formed and a1.6 mills five-year millage is passed by district taxpayers to fund the library’s day-to-day operations.
2002 - Renewal of the existing 1.6 millage for ten years.
2005 - Crossroads Branch opened to serve increased development west of US 23 and south of M-59.
No additional millage requested for added space or operating.
2010 - Renewal of the existing 1.6 millage, rolled back by the Headlee Amendment to 1.5212 for 12 years—to 2022.
Failed proposal for bond to renovate and expand Village.
2014 - Bond proposal failed by 95 votes.
May 2015 - Bond proposal returned to voters one last time.
2015 - Likely ground-breaking in late summer 2015. Planning Commission process underway. Village operates until no longer safe to be on this site due to construction. Services move.
2017 - Earliest likely reopening of Village Library.