Library director Pat Basler says the town will resubmit plans for a renovation and expansion of the library after state officials suggested minor changes. Stoughton was one of six communities asked to resubmit construction grant applications by Jan. 19 to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, which is considering 30 grant requests in all. “The state has asked for revisions to our design for the second floor, including putting a circulation desk there,” said Basler. “It won’t affect the square footage or outside design of the building.” Library trustees have proposed an expansion of the 22,000-square-foot library to 39,000 square feet, with an estimated cost of $13.8 million. Town Meeting last spring approved $7 million for the project, contingent upon the town getting a state grant. Half of the funding must come from town budgets or donations in order to qualify for the grant, Basler said. The state has already conditionally funded eight applications, and Basler said she believes that Stoughton’s plan will eventually be funded. “We believe it’s not a case of if, but when,” she said. - Rich Fahey
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