Maury Loontjens Memorial Library Building Project
Narragansett residents voted on November 9, 2016, and we are pleased to announce that the bond to move and upgrade our library has passed. Stay tuned to this space for more news. Narragansett Library Bond Passes: Article.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 7-17
What is Happening With Plans For the New Library?
Currently the Town Council is considering a contract with Gilbane for the purchase of the former Belmont market. To include the building, land and an additional 57 parking places.
Why was the Gilbane property chosen as the preferred location?
At a September 2015 public hearing, the Library Board explained four proposals. The Town Council voted to keep the Library in the Pier and asked the Board to examine costs of renovating the Belmont building and the cost of renovating and adding on to the present building. The Gilbane option was chosen because it would be approximately $2.7 million cheaper.
How will a new library be financed?
A bond for $5.8 million was passed by two thirds of the voters in November 2016 and the Town Council has voted to spend the money. The State library funding program refunds up to 50% of construction costs (the average is 43%) over a 20 year period. Grants will be applied for and there will be a fundraising campaign to further reduce the cost to the Town.
How can I Support the Future of The Maury Loontjens Memorial Library?
- Attend future fundraisers and events
- Spread the word about the library’s needs and our future project
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