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Residents will soon have a new spot near the Bryant Branch Library to enjoy the outdoors and spend time together, in a safe, socially-distant way.

The West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (WDDDA), in conjunction with the City’s Economic and Community Development Department, has been working on transforming the Bryant Branch Library’s parking lot into a green space that can be used for a gathering spot for the library, the community, and the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, which has offices inside Bryant.

“The green space will greatly improve pedestrian safety at the library and in the business district, resolve existing stormwater issues at the library, and increase economic growth and quality of life for the downtown and Dearborn residents,” said Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director of the WDDDA.

The Bryant Library has had stormwater issues as the entrance space in the area is uneven, causing water to roll into the building when it rains. Part of the project seeks to resolve that.

The Bryant Library is located in downtown west Dearborn at 22100 Michigan Ave., making traffic and locating parking difficult at times. The project aims to provide a programmable outdoor space for library use, remove the existing drive lane adjacent to the library entrances and exits in order to reduce pedestrian and vehicular conflict areas, and remove driveways that cross sidewalks within the area.

In addition, the project provides two new handicapped accessible parking spaces near the library, new on-street parking spaces, dedicated library parking spots, on-street bike parking, and a site wall with a raised lawn edge to accommodate a 100-seat theater-style space.

The project is expected to begin in the fall.

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