Former Turners church to be next library?

  • The town has authorized money for a feasibility study to look in to the former St. Anne’s Church as a possible new home for the Carnegie Library.<br/>(Recorder file photo)

    The town has authorized money for a feasibility study to look in to the former St. Anne’s Church as a possible new home for the Carnegie Library.
    (Recorder file photo)

  • Carnegie Library in Turners Falls

    Carnegie Library in Turners Falls

  • The town has authorized money for a feasibility study to look in to the former St. Anne’s Church as a possible new home for the Carnegie Library.<br/>(Recorder file photo)
  • Carnegie Library in Turners Falls

TURNERS FALLS — From house of prayer to home of books? The Board of Selectmen on Monday allotted $9,975 for an architectural study of the former St. Anne’s Church with an eye to finding a new home for the village library.

The Carnegie Library on Avenue A is aging and small, like most libraries in the county.

Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio said the money would pay for a study of the church from the ground floor up for possible development as a library.

The feasibility study is to be funded by money from the Community Development Discretionary Account. Abbondanzio said the study would address questions already raised, such as whether mezzanines would support the weigh of books.

A similar study, through Community Development Block Grant money, will look at the church basement and other locations around town for potential use as a senior center.

The Montague Senior Center on Fifth Street in Turners Falls, is, like the library, old and confining. Both were identified as priorities in the Turners Falls Livability Plan, completed last year.

The church closed with the 2006 merger of the Roman Catholic parishes of Sacred Heart in Greenfield and St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s in Turners Falls.

The building appears to be owned by Shelley Kick a.k.a. Jordan Quinn, according to Registry of Deeds documents, although the question of ownership has been fluid and under court dispute in recent years.

Abbondanzio said the town has Quinn’s permission for the study.

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