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Clarksville Area Public Library expansion enters final stages

SoVaNow.com / March 19, 2014
With a little more help from its friends, the long-needed and eagerly-awaited expansion of the Clarksville Area Public Library will become a reality this spring.

Bids were opened for the construction of the Clarksville Library expansion in February. Since bids exceeded the estimates for the project and hence the fundraising goal, the architect and the low bidder (J. E Burton Construction Inc., South Boston) worked to protect the essential design, space and functional requirements for the expansion while reducing the cost. Under the rules of the bidding process, the Town of Clarksville, acting as the property owner, and on behalf of the Library, will need to award the modified bid no later than April 6. Failure to award the bid will require that the project be re-bid, with a delay of several weeks and an increase in cost.

The estimated cost of the contract — plus some carpet replacement, signage and other relatively small expenses — totals $297,724. Thanks to many donors who share the vision of a much-needed expansion, the Library has $282,414 on hand or pledged for this project. Approximately $15,000 in additional contributions is needed to fully complete the essential goals for this project.

After discussion with the contractor and the Expansion Steering Committee, the Library has asked the Town to award the bid for the basic contract at its March meeting, and the contractor plans to begin work on the four-month project as soon as the bid is awarded.

With contributions ranging from loose change to five-figure gifts, more than 200 supporters have already shown their commitment to this project. The Expansion Steering Committee strongly encourages the more than 4,000 Library patrons, and past donors, as well as new prospects, to help put funding for this project “over the top.”

The result will be a beautiful library that can better meet the changing educational and learning interests of children, youth, and adults in the Clarksville area. The project is now in the final stretch! Let’s all be a part of this home run for our community! Bring your gift by the library now to assure its success.

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