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Wayland panel recommends building a new library

The Wayland Library Planning Committee is recommending that the town build a new library at 195 Main St., the site of the former highway department garage next to the Wayland Middle School.

Residents will vote in April 2018 on funding for the project. Construction costs would be partially offset by a $10 million state grant, which would cover about 40 percent of eligible construction costs.

The committee had considered expanding the current library building at 5 Concord Road but decided that the zoning restrictions and size of the property were too prohibitive.

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The building at 5 Concord Road was built in 1900, when Wayland’s population was about 2,000 residents. Today, the town has about 14,500 residents. Several studies have found that the current building is short on space for various needs, including collections, operations, technology, children’s room, teen use, quiet study, small meetings, classes and events.

The committee would like 5 Concord Road to remain a town building and will be seeking public input about its future use. The committee will report to the Board of Selectmen in the coming weeks with its initial suggestions. Residents interested in making recommendation should contact Tom Fay, the committee chair, at tomfay12@gmail.com.

Jennifer FennLefferts can be reached at jflefferts@yahoo.com.