After over a year and a half of gathering data through community conversations, expert interviews and surveys, as well as researching other relevant studies in the valley, late fall (2018) we completed our thorough needs assessment. The executive summary is LINKED HERE.
In January 2019, we released targeted RFQs to select architects. The board reviewed three excellent submissions, including a day pf presentations, selecting Johnston Architects and PBW Architects which submitted as a team, drawing on the strength of Johnston Architects experience designing and building over 30 libraries and PBW’s extensive work in the valley.
The location of the new library is planned for the parcel of land on White Avenue indicated above, meeting the criteria identified of being walkable, visible, central and accessible. The Winthrop Town Council approved its purchase unanimously. This central location on the Susie Stephens walking trail, across from Little Star School and Winthrop’s Title I housing, proximity to Jamie’s Place, as well as easily walkable from new affordable housing and the town trailhead, is truly the nexus of our community, and will serve to bring all of us together across every demographic boundary.
Design of the new Winthrop Library and learning center will be driven by the input of our community upon selection of the architect, and in keeping with the spirit of Westernization as required by town code. Key elements that will be incorporated can be anticipated by reviewing the summary of the needs assessment above.
This project was allocated $2M in the recent state capital budget. We expect the library will be funded by a combination of state funds and private and foundation funds. We are currently talking to donors and potential donors, as well as working on additional grant applications. We expect to apply for RCO and LTAC funds for outdoor areas, parking lot and public bathrooms. Staffing, collection and programing, as well as basic maintenance, are provided through the North Central Regional Library System, which is funded by our property taxes.
Thanks to the generosity of many of you, and a couple of early donors, we are funded through schematic design.