Weymouth town council approves initial plan for Tufts Library

Patriot Ledger | By Jessica Trufant
January 3, 2017

WEYMOUTH – The town council on Tuesday approved initial plans for a new $27 million Tufts Library, giving library officials the go-ahead to pursue a state grant that would help fund the long-discussed project.

“This is phenomenal work,” District Two Councilor Thomas Lacey said of the concept for a main library on the current Broad Street site in Weymouth Landing. “This has been an on-going discussion for ten years, so to keep (the library) where it is and integrate it … I’m thrilled to support it.”

The schematic design for two-story 53,000-square-foot prepared by Johnson Roberts Associates of Somerville must be submitted with an application for a grant from the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. The grant application is due by Jan. 26, and the state will rank projects for funding next summer. The town would need to fund the local share within six months after that.

Stewart Roberts, principal at Johnson Roberts Associates of Somerville, on Tuesday presented to the council the schematic, or preliminary, design. He said the concept provides spaces for all users, including people who want to read, use technology and socialize.

“The library is the one public institution that serves everyone in the community,” he said. “There are spaces for preschoolers, for elementary-age children, teens, adults and seniors.”

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