Scituate approves $12 million library renovation

December 15, 2013 12:23 AM

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Scituate residents on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the funding for a $12 million library renovation, giving the project the final approval needed to go forward.

In an unofficial tally, 1,059 people out of the 1,474 who cast a ballot voted in favor.

“The majority of people understand the importance of libraries in the community,” said Les Ball, a member of the Scituate Town Library’s Capital Campaign Committee. “There isn’t a population in town that isn’t served by this group.”

Library Director Jessi Finnie said it felt “amazing” to start planning for construction, slated to begin within 12 months.

In addition to further fund-raising more for the renovation, library officials will have to plan a move into an interim space during construction, Finnie said.

The project will increase the library square footage by 35 percent as well as update the roof, windows, and parking lot.

Jessica Bartlett can be reached at jessica.may.bartlett@gmail.com.

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