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Left to right: Jim Becker, Senator Bye, Ted Shafer, Marie Spratlin Hasskarl, Sandra Hierl, Mike Ragaisis, Greg Blackstone, and Joe Desautel
Hello to all my Blog Readers~
We are ready to build a better library and excitement is growing! Downes Construction Company has installed their field trailer. We thank Dwight Harris for his generosity in allowing us to use his field. In a few weeks Downes will be breaking ground behind us. We will be adding a larger community room and extending the children’s department to include a program room for children and teens. We will also have a cool Teen Zone! In addition, we will have a better organized Burlington Room, our local history department. All of our new materials will be available to borrow, while our non-new adult materials will be in conditioned storage. Children’s and teen materials will be available, and we will continue to offer programs. Please come visit us; we will be happy to borrow materials from another library if we don’t have it here. Questions are always welcomed.
It has been a long time since I have written with news about our expansion. We are moving along quite nicely with our plans now that we have worked out all the compliance issues associated with renovating a public space. Downes Construction Company (DCC), our Construction Managers, posted legal notices in the Hartford Courant on January 28 & 29 asking interested companies to submit bids to our Town Hall by 2 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
Once all the bids are vetted, our goal is to start construction in April on the two expanded wings of the library. The next step will be to start to reconfigure the original interior of the library, creating exciting new spaces such as a Teen Room and Study Rooms, while better organizing the Burlington Room, our Local History Department. DCC will work around our needs so as to be as unobtrusive as possible. We may periodically need to close the library for an occasional partial day or days, but our goal is to remain open throughout construction. DCC’s timeline finishes the building by October.
Excitement is growing as we get closer to putting a shovel into the ground.
Below are the plans for the wonderful new expansion. Feel free to ask us questions.
Regards, Marie Spratlin Hasskarl
Hello All~ We are celebrating Summer Reading at the library, and having a great time. Check out our website or our flyer to find out what is going on. We have Summer Reading for children, teens and adults. You don’t want to be left out!
The New Building Committee has been working on the various plans and we expect Downes Construction Company to break ground late fall or early winter. We have met with Planning & Zoning and expect to hear from them in July. Plans will then be sent out for bid.
We can’t wait to start wearing our hard hats!
The New Building Committee has hired Downes Construction Company, from New Britain, to be our Construction Manager. We hope to break ground in May 2016. We have been working with the architect and their consultants over the last few months to finalize plans for our expansion.
Let the fun begin!!