SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

 Edgartown's New Library: Questions & Answers

The Edgartown Library Building Committee, our project director, Jill Hughes, our architects, and our project manager, Rick Pomroy, are hard at work on plans for the new library building. The first payment of the state's $5 million contribution to the project has been received by the town, and the library site has been prepared -- by taking down the 1924 Edgartown School building during the summer of 2013. The project has successfully gone out to bid and the General Contractor Bid was awarded to Maron Construction. Construction began in March, 2014 and we expect the library to be substantially complete by July 2015.  

Some history:

At our Annual Town Meeting on April 10 and town elections on April 12, 2012, Edgartown voters overwhelmingly supported plans to build a new public library on the property currently occupied by the 1924 elementary school building. At their October 2012 meeting, the state Board of Library Commissioners announced the release of a provisional grant of $5 million to Edgartown, the state's share of the construction project.

Voters in April transferred the Warren House property next door to our current library building, on North Water Street, from the purview of the library trustees to the selectmen, and the Warren House has now been sold back into the private market. The Warren House property had been purchased in 2005 as possible expansion space for our library -- now that Edgartown is building at the school location, this property is surplus to the town.

How much will this project cost?

The project budget is $10.2 million. Edgartown has $5 million in state grant funds, and voters have agreed to a $4.9 million municipal bond issue. The balance of $1.1 million has already been paid by the town through allowable credits. About $350,000 of the $4.9 million bond will be used to meet the energy-efficiency standards of the federal LEED program; this money will be reimbursed to the town when the new library wins its LEED certification -- usually about 6 months after the building opens.

What will happen to the Carnegie library building?

The Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust has agreed to take the lead in planning for adaptive community uses of the historic Carnegie library building.

Where can I get more details about the new library plan?

Please feel free to ask us at the library for more information.

Library Project Documents

Download pdf file: Library Building Program Document
Download pdf file: Carnegie Library Blueprints
Download pdf file: Documenting Our Current Facilities
Download pdf file: Carnegie Site Structural Engineer Study 2010
Download pdf file: Latest library plans as of May 2014
Download pdf file: Library Floor Plans


Click here to learn about the campaign to build the new Edgartown Public Library.


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Snow Mounted Highway, oil on canvas, 25 by 30 inches. By John F. Carlson (1875-1945), American painter. From the Simpson Collection.
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