GRAFTON, Mass. —The Grafton Public Library Planning and Building Committee submitted their October status report on Wednesday, saying that mandated handicap accessibility requirements will be completed by next summer.
The work, which is paid for by a combination of existing library funds, community preservation funds, and money approved by vote at the May and October 2012 Town meeting, will be in two phases.
The first phase will provide full accessibility to the Children’s Room and the Main Reading Room as well as a new handicap accessible restroom and lift. This will cost approximately $237,000.
The second phase will address library building maintenance, safety, and accessibility issues like building and fire code, emergency lighting and maintenance. This will cost about $188,000.
This plan of action came as a result of a failed special vote last December to build an $11.7 million expansion of the library.
The work to be done will bring the building up to current code standards and comply with the American Disabilities Act. By completing the improvements to the 84-year-old building by next summer, the town will avoid a $4,000 per day fine.
The work for both phases will be submitted for competitive bid by the Town Administrator’s office following the approved Town of Grafton procurement guidelines
Both phases of construction will begin next spring.