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Razing starts library project
Mary Jo Hill, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, November 18, 2004

LEOMINSTER - A carriage house on West Street is tentatively scheduled to be demolished tomorrow, giving the public the first physical sign that the expansion of the Leominster Public Library is getting under way.

"The carriage house will come down in a day, if that," said Patrick Hayes, the project manager with Beacon Architectural Associates of Boston. The bulk of a larger house at 39 Pearl St. probably also will be demolished in about a day.Demolition of the structures and the schedule for the library expansion project were among the topics discussed last night at a meeting of the Library Building Committee.

The project will ultimately add 34,434 square feet to the library, giving book-lovers and others a total of about 45,000 square feet. Parking will grow from 24 spaces to about 55.

The renovation and expansion will cost a little more than $10.8 million.

Curbing and foundations for the two buildings slated for demolition are made of granite that was quarried in Leominster, so the rock has historical significance. The contractor will set the granite apart from other debris, Mr. Hayes said. Large pieces will be used in the addition, while the city has first right of refusal for whatever granite is left over.

He provided the committee with a revised schedule for bidding and construction for the addition, with the timeline based on a best-case scenario.

Under the schedule, the project will be ready for bid Dec. 21, Mr. Hayes said. And the city could award the contract by the last week of February.

Mark Bodanza, chairman of the committee, asked when Mr. Hayes anticipates that structural steel would be brought onto the site, if construction begins March 1.

The timing depends on whether the contractor is "on his game or not," Mr. Hayes said. Under the best of scenarios, the steel would arrive in late August or early September.

So, masonry work could start as early as November? Mr. Bodanza asked. Mr. Hayes agreed.

Carol Millette, a committee member, noted that the schedule shows the project only lasting 15 months. With a good contractor, that length of time could be compressed even more, Mr. Hayes said.

Meanwhile, according to the committee, proposals for temporary quarters for the library are being evaluated.


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