Reimagining Walz Branch


The Cleveland Public Library Walz Branch was built in 1967 and is located at 7910 Detroit Avenue on the city’s west side at between 80th and 78th streets. It is located mid-block with access from the sidewalk and parking in the rear accessed off Detroit. The building is 9,600sf over two stories with collections and reading areas on the first floor, at street level, and a meeting room, staff and mechanical spaces in a walk-out lower level. The building is clad in red brick with a hipped, asphalt shingle roof. Clerestory windows allow significant light into the first floor but limited views.

Aerial View of Walz Branch

Branch Statistics

Location: 7910 Detroit Ave
Year Constructed: 1967
Size: 9,600 sf
Parking: 18 spaces

Steering Committee

Jane Doe, Joe Doe, Mo Doe, Les Doe

Image: Aerial View of Walz Branch


Outreach Summary

Walz Branch is generally well-located just west of Gordon Square, but the facility is too small for its patrons’ needs, and the lack of accessible restrooms on the main floor is an issue for users. The topography of the site would make a potential addition difficult. A branch rebuild and/or relocation was tentatively supported, although residents in the neighborhood to the west of the branch were unsure whether a geographic shift east towards Gordon Square would make access more difficult. However, a new facility could considerably improve visibility from Detroit Ave, an issue with the current nondescript building. From a service perspective, a majority of Walz patrons want their branch to become a “technology hub,” with youth and adult-oriented technological access and programs.

Primary Community Needs

  • Add more comfortable seating and flexible workspace options
  • Provide accessible bathroom(s) on the main floor (and/ or add elevator to access downstairs meeting rooms)
  • Find space for “quiet work areas” AND teen room
  • Reconfigure tall central space into a “tech hub”
  • Update interior with more modern color, lighting
  • Work with local fabricator/artist to build new bike rack
  • Improve front garden with signage, lighting, landscaping
  • Explore converting the front lobby for after-hours access
  • Explore possibilities for expansion through back or front addition
  • Find opportunities for expanded parking
  • Strengthen Wifi for after-hours access
  • Add more technology options and training
  • Work with the City to improve street lighting, safety
  • Hold neighborhood “block party” events to deepen social ties
  • Work with neighborhood arts & theater groups to create unique programming on-site and off, especially for kids

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