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Appleseed absence questioned
Anna L. Griffin, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, August 14, 2005

LEOMINSTER - Where's Johnny?

That's the question that was asked by several passers-by at the Leominster Public Library's 30 West St. site.

Work on the exterior of the building has started in anticipation of a construction and renovation project.

The bust of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, that stood near the entrance to the building is gone, but it is in a safe and secure location.

"We thought we would store the sculpture on site, but after thinking about it some more, we felt it would be best to store the sculpture," said Susan T. Shelton, library director.

Once construction work is completed, the bust done by sculptor Phil Cote will make a return to the library. "It hasn't yet been decided where we're going to place him, but Johnny Appleseed will return," Mrs. Shelton said.

The removal of the statue is one of the more visible aspects of the project. Fencing by the general contractor, Fontaine Bros. of West Springfield, is in place.

"They're working on asbestos abatement at this point and there has been some other work outside, such as the removal of some trees," Mrs. Shelton said.

Construction crews recently removed the walkway to the library from West Street. "As time goes on, work will become more visible," she noted. Demolition of the 1960 addition to the library should start taking place near the end of the month.

The library project is expected to cost approximately $10 million and if all goes as planned the work should be completed by the fall of 2006.

Preliminary work on securing the funding for the library started several years ago and if the library is completed on schedule, it will have been a 71/2-year project. A groundbreaking for the construction phase of the project was held July 1.

The architect for the project is Adams & Smith LLC, Beacon Architectural Associates,. Construction will be handled by Fontaine Bros. of West Springfield and McKenzie Engineering is handling project management.

"With the combination of the architects, project managers and the construction company, I feel we have a great group of people working on this for our city."

The city of Leominster has received a $3 million state grant toward the estimated $10.8 million expansion and renovation project that will result in a facility that is 44,500 square feet, more than double the size of the old facility.

During the project, the library is being temporarily housed at Crossroads Office Park, 690 Mechanic St.


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