In January 2014, we began a new modernization plan for the New Milford Public Library, when the Town Council approved spending $20,000 from the Waste Management Fund for a feasibility study. A planning committee of 9 community volunteers was appointed in August 2015, and began twice monthly meetings to discuss ideas and suggestions. Here we will chronicle our progress as we continue this exciting project!
- August-November 2015 – architectural firms were researched.
- November 2015 – we conducted a survey to collect information from the public as to what was important and necessary for the library services and facility.
- November 2015-April 2016 – 4 architectural firms presented their ideas.
- May 2016 – we hired Lothrop Associates to devise a proposal for the feasibility study.
- November 2016 – the architect presented his proposal before Town Council.
- November 2016 – the Town Council unanimously approved the appropriation of $162,700 for the next design phase which will be schematic design plans from the architect that will be specific to our community needs
- February 2017 – Focus Groups will meet to discuss community wants and needs
- February 2017 – results of our community survey, staff input, discussions with the Modernization Committee and four focus groups have been submitted to the architect for them to produce schematic designs
- June 12, 2017 – architects will present to the Town Council at 7:00 PM the revised plans to increase Children’s and Teen space as well as create more study rooms and make the front entrance ADA compliant, among other improvements – WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AT THIS MEETING!
- June 12, 2017 – thanks to the hard work of the Modernization Committee, Lothrop Associates, the Library Board of Trustees, NMPL staff, Mayor Gronbach, the Town Council and YOU, the next phase of architectural plans for the improved library was approved on June 12th!! This next phase is called design development and specifies exactly where the plumbing, electric, etc. goes. Please come in and take a look at the story boards (located along the ramp way leading to the lower level of the Main library) which show the actual layout of the new library. More and better room for children and teens, more study areas, and a lovely reading room for adults!
- Plans continue to develop for a modern library, with small changes to the interior design and initial possibilities for flooring and wall coverings. We are in the process of completing the design development phase of planning, with the final architectural phase of creating construction documents up next. We will be presenting the design development plans to the Town Council on Monday, October 23rd, and then asking for the funding for the construction documents. We need you to be there to show your support, but we also want your input. Have you come in to see the plans? Please let me know what you think either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or come in to my next Coffee with the Director on September 12th at 1:00 PM. This modernization benefits everyone, so everyone should have a say!