PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) - Last week a new plan was proposed to take a serious look at relocating the Dayton Metro Library from it's current location on East Third Street near Cooper Park to the Arcade on Courthouse Square.
Some see the plan as similar to a project undertaken successfully in Piqua.
"It was not always a popular decision," said Piqua Library Director Jim Oda. "People said 'Well let's just tear down the hotel and we can build a brand new library there.'"
In the early 90s, downtown Piqua's once grand Fort Piqua Hotel had fallen into terrible disrepair. But Oda said there was a determination in the community that the Hotel, that played host to the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, William McKinley, and Harry Houdini, was a landmark that needed saved.
Thanks to public and private funding, the community of 21,000 raised over $20 million to renovate and reopen by 2008.
Oda said the library is now visited by more than 130,000 people a year, many of them tourists enjoying the historic archives and the art gallery.
"I think by restoring this building we are looking to the future, we are preserving our past, moving that past into the future," Oda said.
The library has become the heart of the community, with Mulligan's Pub anchoring one corner, and Winans Chocolates and Coffee anchoring the other.
Ruth Koon, who spearheaded fundraising efforts for Fort Piqua Plaza said," If we hadn't done it when we did it probably would've been torn down, so this community just rallied behind it and we got $4 million in 10 days."
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A Winter Storm Watch will take effect late Thursday night through late Friday night for most of the area.