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Library demolition delayed

Demolition work at the old library building on the corner of Main and Prospect Streets has been delayed by the need for hazardous materials abatement.

But library officials are still hoping that, despite delays getting going, their construction project can be completed about a year and a half from now.

The library had signed abatement and demolition contracts before Thanksgiving, Library Director Chris Nolan said, but the abatement involves notices to the state and a time frame of two weeks that she expected would be complete by the end of Thanksgiving week.

“Which means that you’ll see trucks of workers actually removing materials at the start of the last week of November. We estimate we have two weeks of work on that, then demo,” Ms. Nolan said.

“This brings demo of the building to early-mid-December.”

“So far,” she added, “we believe we will be able to keep to the schedule we have of opening in spring 2014.”

Ms. Nolan said that operations are good at the temporary library in the former supermarket space off Governor Street.

“Governor Street is working well — a few tweaks here and there, but we like working here,” Ms. Nolan said. “The public likes it as well.”

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  • CMcQuilken

    “So far, we believe we will be able to keep to the schedule we have of opening in spring 2014.”

    But wasn’t the plan to open in November of 2013?

    From the BOS meeting minutes earlier this year,

    “Hoping for February or March referendum which will enable a July ‘shovel in the ground’ – and hoping for a November 2013 opening.”

    And will this delay cost an extra $150,000?

    From the meeting minutes,

    “… the $150,000 extra cost for a delay in construction is an amount that should be taken into consideration.”

    My understanding was that the cost of the project would go up by $150,000 if the start of project was delayed by two months and the completion bled into another winter. Thus the need to have the library referendum in March 2012 instead of May 2012.

    So has this delay in starting the project now driven up the cost? And if it is seemingly a five month delay, instead of a two month delay, will the cost increase be greater than $150,000?

  • http://janrifkinson.blogspot.com Jan Rifkinson

    [Quote] Ms. Nolan said that operations are good at the temporary library in the former supermarket space off Governor Street.

    “Governor Street is working well — a few tweaks here and there, but we like working here,” Ms. Nolan said. “The public likes it as well.” [/Quote]

    ….which simply illustrates what a boondoggle the plans for your $20m ego monument continues to be. I don’t read/ hear about a lot of complaints from the public so it must be working as you say.

    Maybe you should just stay on Gov St, return the $5m to the taxpayers, the other $15m to those who want their money back & sell the property on the corner of main street.

  • Big Bones McGee

    Has the Library raised the requisite $15mm for the expansion? A check of its website indicates $14.2 mm raised as of July 2012.
    No mention in the article of contract being awarded for the actual construction. LeoJ’s prediction that the Library would be going back to Town “hat in hand” to plug funding gap may be coming to fruition.

  • Secondhand Rose

    “HOPING FOR a November 2013 opening” does not mean the opening will take place then. All it means is that this is the earliest best guess as to when it will open. It’s not a written-in-stone guarantee.

  • CMcQuilken

    Rose, I think there was a common understanding that the library was to be completed by Fall 2013.

    To back that up, here is a page on the library’s own website:

    www.ridgefieldlibrary.org/news_events/inthenews/

    It contains links which state,

    “When the work is completed in late 2013…”

    “…construction to start by July and the new building to open in the fall of 2013″

    “The new library would be scheduled to open in fall 2013…”

    Seems pretty clear that the plan was to open by Fall 2013.

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