Friday, May 14, 2010

Preliminary Plans for New Library to be Presented

The Town of South Berwick Building Committee and JCJ Architects will present preliminary schematic plans for the new South Berwick Public Library on Wednesday, May 19th, 6:30 p.m. at South Berwick Town Hall Auditorium. The plans for the new library that will be housed in the former St. Michael’s Church building on Young Street are the results of months of work by the Building Committee and JCJ Architects that included input from residents and library staff and volunteers. Tom Harmon, Chair of the Building Committee explains, “This meeting will give South Berwick citizens a chance to hear about the considerations that went into the preliminary plans and an opportunity to give feedback before we move on to more final drawings. Our goal is to end up with a library that is functional, comfortable, efficient to operate, and attractive.”
Beside showing the preliminary drawings, JCJ Architects and the Town Building Committee will explain what is being considered for a new library and why, how much the project will cost, and how it can be funded. South Berwick residents are encouraged to attend, ask question, and give suggestions.
Two years ago the Town of South Berwick purchased this key downtown property of over 2 acres with the intention of using the site for a much needed new library. The process since then has included engineering and architectural studies, resulting in the recommendation by the Building Committee to the Town Council that the church building be renovated for use as a library, with options for expansion. The advantages of renovation include lower cost and the inspiring space of the former sanctuary. JCJ Architects has worked with the Building Committee and the Library Director to come up with plans that combine function, comfort and flexibility. The building will be energy efficient, with state of the art insulation and heating.
Call the Library at 207-384-3308 or email for more information.
Photo caption: Preliminary plans for the new South Berwick Library will be presented on May 19. (Courtesy photo)