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'66 addition to library going down - Way is being cleared for major expansion
Mary Jo Hill, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, August 29, 2005

LEOMINSTER - A large hole on the back wall of the Leominster Public Library is a sign of things to come.

Demolition of the 10,000-square-foot addition put up in 1966 is expected to begin in several weeks, said Susan T. Shelton, the library director.

"What they're doing right now is they're doing some internal demolition."

Carpeting, lighting fixtures and ceiling tiles are being taken out so the structure becomes a shell ready for demolition, she said.

The hole in the wall helped with the work on the second floor. A Dumpster was set up beneath the opening, which was used to toss out debris.

The hole is now boarded up, she said.

Before demolition can begin, asbestos abatement must be completed in coming weeks, Ms. Shelton said.

The asbestos abatement involves both the 1910 building and the 1966 addition.

The three-story 1910 structure, which was funded in part by Andrew Carnegie, can primarily be seen from West Street. That building will be restored as part of this project.

While the library was open, all of the asbestos had been controlled in both of the structures, Ms. Shelton said. "It was never a health risk to anyone."

Once the 1966 addition on the back of the library has come down, construction will begin to add 35,000 square feet.

Some removal of trees, overgrown shrubbery and asphalt also has been done.

So far work on the $10.8 million renovation and expansion project is going great, the library director said.

To prepare for construction, the library was closed to the public in May.

While construction work is being done, the library's temporary home is in the Crossroads Office Park, 690 Mechanic St., Leominster.



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