The library trustees sent out the following press release today:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUFTONBORO LIBRARY TRUSTEES ANNOUNCE DECISION ON BUILDING PROJECT
At their regular monthly meeting on November 8th, Tuftonboro Free Library Trustees Gordon Hunt, Paul Matlock, and Mary Ann Murray voted unanimously to put the proposed plan for an addition and renovations to the existing library on the 2018 Town Warrant. The focus changed from a new building to an addition late this spring, when Tuftonboro resident, Raymond “Skip” Hurt, presented a model to Selectmen and Trustees that he believed would provide the necessary space at a substantially lower cost to taxpayers.
In response to this citizen initiative, the Trustees directed SMP Architecture to review Hurt’s plan for feasibility, provide additional options for expansion, refine and develop the approved plan to the Schematic Design phase, and work with Bauen Corporation, the project’s construction management firm, to provide a preliminary cost estimate. SMP also provided a new topographical map overlay demonstrating that wetlands areas delineated by the original survey in 2006 were inexactly located, and so clearing the way for an addition.
The preliminary cost estimate for the 5,000 square foot addition plus all necessary renovations to the existing building is $1.92 million. Considering that the projected cost for a new building is $2.65 million, the Trustees believe that their decision to support the proposed addition is in the best interest of the town. There is currently a combined total of just under $700,000 in cash on hand in the established Library Capital Reserve Fund and the privately supported Library Building Fund, and just under $100,000 in additional private pledges, contingent upon approval of the project at Town Meeting on March 14th. The TFL Capital Campaign Committee and the Friends of the Library will continue with fundraising, in an effort to reduce taxpayer costs even further.
Plans for the proposed addition can be viewed at the library, and on the library website, tuftonborolibrary.org, where there is also an animated “fly-around” view of the exterior.
The fly around video is here:
And here is the site plan (click to make larger):