Manchester library grows beyond budget, with schematic estimated at $53.6 million

Residents approved a $39 million bond referendum in November 2022 for a new main library branch to be located at 1041 Main St., intended to help revitalize Main Street while modernizing and expanding the town’s offerings beyond the cramped Mary Cheney Library at 586 Main St. At the time, town officials said the state had already committed some funding to the project. Work continued on the project in 2023, with an architect selected in August and design work and public input beginning shortly after. The town also applied for grants, including for as much as $9.5 million from the state Community Investment Fund. A presentation from the Library Building Committee to the Board of Directors last Tuesday had estimated the schematic for the project at roughly $53.6 million, leaving the budget roughly $4.1 million short.

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