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Cornelius library project takes another step

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$100,000 in grants pushes fundraising over $4 million, with $1.2 million left

COURTESY PHOTO - The fundraising effort for the Cornelius library development has reached far and wide, with local children turning in the change from their piggy banks.The city of Cornelius was awarded a $90,000 capital grant by The Collins Foundation to support the construction of the new Cornelius Public Library.

Add that to another $10,000 just awarded last week from the Rose E. Tucker Foundation and the $100,000 chunk brings the total money raised to more than $4 million of the $5.2 million project cost.

There is another $700,000 currently in the pipeline from foundation sources and another $150,000 being actively raised from local businesses and individuals," said Cornelius Library Director Karen Hill.

The new library will be part of the Cornelius Place Project, which includes the 14,000-square-foot library, a YMCA community room and 45 units of affordable housing for senior adults.

"The whole community is getting involved, from toddlers bringing in their piggy banks to Zumba class fundraisers," Hill said. "We even set up a Go Fund Me page" (gofundme.com/cornelius-library).

The new Cornelius library will give the public will access to high-quality literacy and student programs, as well as resources for employment. The planned 100-seat public meeting place will host cultural and civic gatherings. Cornelius Place will anchor the revitalized downtown blocks and encourage the community to enjoy a bustling town center.

The Cornelius Place Project is a joint venture between the city of Cornelius and housing partners BRIDGE and Bienestar. Ground breaking is expected in August 2017. The full list of partners for the project includes Bienestar, BRIDGE Housing, Nielson Group and Scott Edwards Architecture.

The Collins Foundation invests in Oregon nonprofits, both rural and urban, that are dedicated to improving quality of life and well-being for the people in their communities. The Cornelius library project aligns with the foundation's values by addressing community needs for public space and access to information and services, Hill said.