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January 2001Volume 3 Number 1

2000-2001 State Public Library
Construction Grant Awards

The Connecticut State Library Board approved these State Public Library Construction Grants on November 27, 2000 pending State Bond Commission approval.

TownsProjectsTotal Cost Of ProjectsGrants Awarded
 Category #1 Projects  
HartfordRenovation of the Hartford Public Library.
Renovation of 103,500 square feet.
$23,000,000$500,000
LedyardExpansion and renovation of Bill Library.
Expanding from 7,150 square feet to 21,518 square feet.
$3,432,470$500,000
SimsburyExpansion and renovation of Simsbury Public Library.
Expanding from 22,996 square feet to 42,600 square feet.
  $6,118,000$500,000
SalemNew Construction.
Expanding from 1,680 square feet to 9,749 square feet
$1,993,810$500,000
 Category #2 Projects  
AnsoniaDesign, construction, and installation of a new HVAC system.$424,000 $141,333
MadisonHandicapped access & code compliance.$599,760$199,920
PlymouthCorrection of fire code violation and removal of lead paint.$23,305$7,768
Total$35,591,345$2,349,021

State grant funds of $2,349,021 will leverage over $35 million dollars of local funding. These Public Library Construction grants are pending Bond Commission approval. State Public Library Construction grant awards may fund one-third (1/3) of the total cost of a project, with a maximum grant of $500,000 and a minimum grant of $3,333. Funding for the grant program is divided into two categories. Category #1 projects create additional usable space (new buildings, additions, and renovations). Category #2 projects improve existing space. Listed in priority order: (1) making buildings handicapped accessible (including projects for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990), (2) correcting building and fire code violations (including installation of fireproof bookdrops), (3) remodeling to accommodate new technologies or to improve the design of existing space, (4) energy conservation measures.

Next year's grant applications are due on August 31, 2001. If you would like more information about this grant program, contact Mary Louise Jensen, Building Consultant, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106, phone: 860-566-2712.

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