Westborough Library Building Committee to ask for $347,000 for study


Westborough Library Building Committee to ask for $347,000 for study
Westborough Public Library sits on Main Street. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

WESTBOROUGH – The Westborough Library Building Committee has filled in the blanks on how much it will ask Town Meeting for a building study and design costs.

In Article 11 of the Annual Town Meeting warrant, the committee will request the town to raise and appropriate $347,959 to fund a study and design costs to repair the library, “including all costs incidental and related thereto, or take any other action thereon.”

Should the funds be approved, the committee would be able to begin work on a needs assessment/schematic design and obtain a preliminary cost estimate. The committee would then come before a future Town Meeting with this information and request an appropriation to fund design development, cost estimates and the preparation of bid documents.

In December 2022, plans for an expansion and renovation of the library were turned down at a Special Town Meeting.

In January, the building committee voted to retain LPA|A and Vertex, who were tasked with forming a pricing proposal for a schematic design.

The LBC will come before the Advisory Finance Committee on Monday, Feb. 27.

Town Meeting will convene on Saturday, March 25, at Westborough High School. To view the latest draft, visit www.town.westborough.ma.us/home/news/draft-2023-annual-town-meeting-warrant-version-6.