Modern library would be another downtown gathering place – The Recorder

GREENFIELD — Across the nook from First Nationwide Financial institution, the Greenfield Public Library is wanting ahead to a constructing venture of its personal — one it hopes will even contribute to a vibrant downtown cultural scene.

Not not like the Greenfield Redevelopment Authority’s plan to show the lengthy-vacant First Nationwide constructing right into a downtown cultural middle, the library too is hoping to make use of a mix of native, state and grant cash, together with non-public donations, to assemble a brand new constructing that may enable an enlargement of cultural choices.

“We consider that as a result of it is going to be new and it'll be lovely and it'll be such a cushty place to be, that our group will actually begin to use it as a gathering place and can convey extra individuals downtown,” mentioned Doris Cowdrey, chairwoman of the Library Board of Trustees.

The city is ready to obtain a $9.four million state grant for building of the 26,800-square-foot constructing, and Cowdrey mentioned the thought is to make use of a mix of grants, non-public donations and city cash to cowl the remainder of the venture.

“We really feel very strongly that that new library will certainly improve the site visitors downtown, it is going to be an anchor for folk,” she mentioned, including the brand new constructing will embody non-public assembly rooms, devoted youngsters and teenage area, and a restaurant space the place patrons can convey meals and occasional.

Already, she mentioned greater than 500 individuals stroll by means of the library doorways every day, and that quantity is anticipated to extend with a brand new constructing.

Cowdrey added that Library Constructing Committee members have visited quite a few new or renovated libraries within the space, together with in Gardner and Holyoke.

“In each of these communities, what’s occurred round their new buildings is the world began to scrub up, it began to enhance. It appears to be a stimulus for continued progress,” she mentioned. “It should be an absolute magnet for folk.”

The new 26,800-square-foot library will sit between the present library, situated in a historic colonial dwelling on Primary Road, and the publish workplace, which additionally occupies a historic constructing. The hearth station, which sits on the deliberate website, should be torn down and changed as a part of an emergency providers advanced.

City planners and library officers have famous that the vintage home, which has been expanded through the years, has by no means really stored up with the occasions and positively now not meets the wants of a contemporary, web-age, multi-media library. The constructing is cramped for area and isn’t totally accessible.

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Modern library would be another downtown gathering place - The Recorder