Erving gets $2.7M toward new library; project expected to be completed in 2020

  • Barbara Friedman at the Erving Public Library in 2017 with Alazay Bauch, 13, and Alora DeForge, 13, both of Erving. Recorder File Photo/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Friday, February 02, 2018

ERVING — The town can move forward with a $4.93 million library project knowing 58 percent of the cost will be covered by a state grant.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners voted to approve $2.7 million for Erving, which had been placed on a 24-town waiting list in July. The work is now fully funded, as a two-thirds majority vote at the town’s May 2017 annual town meeting cemented the taxpayers’ commitment. According to Erving Public Library Director Barbara Friedman, the project is expected to be completed during 2020.

“We’re good to go,” she told The Recorder about the 7,800-square-foot project. “It’s terrific.”

Erving is set to receive $2,729,146, in five payments of $544,029.20 per fiscal year over five years.

Friedman previously said the general layout — such as the location of the circulation desk — has been finished and the focus now is on the “nitty-gritty details,” such as what that desk will look like and which type of flooring the building will have. The project has been designed by Johnson Roberts Associates Inc. of Somerville.

Friedman said she knew the MBLC money would come through, but could not say anything about it until the library commissioners voted in Boston on Thursday. She said no contractor has been selected, though the project will likely go out to bid in late summer, and “if all goes well, we might break ground before the snow flies.”

According to Friedman, Erving Public Library is driven by demand from its users and more space has been a priority since 2003, when the town’s two libraries merged. She said since 2008 ,when Erving joined the regional leagues of libraries, card holders have nearly doubled, from 453 to 856.

“This is a community project,” she said.

The MBLC Construction Program was founded in 1987. To qualify, Erving’s process started in 2010, when Friedman contacted MBLC Consultants Rosemary Waltos and Lauren Stara.

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