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Library project start nears - Leominster to seek bids
Matthew Bruun, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, April 7,
LEOMINSTER - Ground may be broken in June for the
long-awaited expansion and renovation of the public library,
Library Director Susan T. Shelton said yesterday.
"We're on our way," she said.The city will advertise for
construction bids on the library project next week,
Purchasing Agent Gregory C. Chapdelaine said.
The projected cost is $10.8 million, with all but about $2
million going for construction itself. The remainder of the
bill would cover furnishings, telecommunications wiring and
the cost of a temporary place for the library collection
during an estimated 16 months of construction.
The start of the project was delayed by several factors,
including an independent engineering firm's review of
construction documents and the search for the library's
Mr. Chapdelaine said the late bid date could be a factor in
the number of bids that are returned for the project. Some
firms that may have been interested in the library project
may have already filled their schedule with other jobs, he
"It all comes down to, how competitive are the bids?" he
said yesterday. "That's what's really going to drive the
He said he expects widespread interest in construction
documents from prospective contractors, because of the scope
and longevity of the
job. Bids for the general contract are due June 2, but
sub-bids on trades such as masonry, metal fabrication,
plumbing and painting are due May 17.
A pre-bid conference for prospective bidders is scheduled
for April 22 at the library.
The library comprises about 20,000 square feet, and it will
more than double in size to 44,513 square feet with the
project. The library addition built in 1966 will be torn
down, and 35,000 square feet of the revamped library will be
About $3 million of the project will be covered by a state
grant the city received in 2002. The City Council approved
the bonding of the remaining money in August 2003.
Ms. Shelton said yesterday no lease had been signed for the
temporary library site. Library officials visited a short
list of potential sites for the temporary locale, including
the Crossroads Office Park off Mechanic Street.
The city invested more than $1 million at Crossroads several
years ago in anticipation of opening a temporary middle
school at the site. The plans were ultimately scuttled after
concerns were raised about the safety of the location, near
the city's capped landfill.
Extensive environmental testing showed no problems at the
site, and the landfill itself is being eyed as the site of a
minor league baseball stadium.