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Funding approved for next phase of New Milford Library expansion

The New Milford Town Council has approved using waste management fund money for the next phase of the library modernization project.  The Town Council unanimously approved allocating $162,700 for schematic designs.  It was ruled that money from the waste management fund is an appropriate funding source. 


The architect previously presented the proposed design to the Town Council, and recently gave a written estimate of the scope of work for the new phase of the project.  The proposal to add 10,000 square feet of usable space features another story built on top of the addition, constructed in the late 1970s.  The library would also be made more accessible. 


Director Sally Tornow says story hour, a safe spaces for teens and room for adults to sit and read is done in the programming room.  But it's the same for children, teens and adults.  She says to have separate areas would be a vast improvement.  The expansion would open up more meeting and program space, alleviating cramping in the young adult and children’s libraries. 


The overall project is anticipated to cost $7 million.

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