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Building Project Updates

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Owner's Project Manager hired; designer beginning work on new cost estimate

Project Summary

The Trustees of the Library and the Library Building Committee are currently working on a plan to renovate and expand the library building.

A grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has helped determine the best options to provide for the current and future needs of residents, looking at a 20-year planning horizon.

The Library Building Program is a document that describes the problems with the current building, in its present condition. It also anticipates new and future trends in library services, prepares for demographic shifts among age groups in Westborough, and proposes a renovation that allows for flexibility in the use of space well into the future.

The Construction Grant Application was submitted with all the supporting documents to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners on January 26, 2017. We were notified in July 2017 that our application was successful, and we were placed at #11 on a prioritized list for funds. We are now at #1 on the list. When the MBLC announces grant awards in July 2022, we expect to be awarded our grant. At that point, we will have six months to gain local approval of the project.

The total project cost was estimated in 2016 to be approximately $24 million, with just over $9.4 million reimbursable under the grant. A new cost estimate is underway and should be complete by late summer 2022.

The Library Building Committee typically meets the last Tuesday of the month at 3:30 pm at the Westborough Public Library. Agendas are posted on the Town calendar and on the Library Building Committee Google Drive.

Please read the documents and learn about the exciting work ahead. Printed copies are available by request from the Library Director, Maureen Amyot. Please contact her anytime with questions.

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