August 18, 2022

Chester Hires South Windsor Architectural Firm for Library Expansion Study

CHESTER— The town will hire Drummey-Rosane-Anderson Inc., a South Windsor architectural firm, to develop an expansion plan for the Chester Public Library.

The board of selectmen approved the hiring earlier this month based on recommendations from the library expansion committee and the elected library board of trustees. The firm, which has experience preparing building expansion projects for libraries and historic buildings, which selected from about ten firms that applied for the job. The services are expected to cost about $20,000.

The board of selectmen earlier this year appointed a volunteer library expansion committee to determine the feasibility of expanding the historic 1906 library building on West Main Street, and if an expansion is feasible, developing a plan and cost estimate for a building project. In discussion with the selectmen last winter, library trustees said they were considering a “limited expansion” of the 2,000 square-foot library building.

The committee and architects are expected to present a report and recommendations to the board of selectmen in the coming months. The recommendation, including a cost estimate, could lead to a library expansion proposal that would be presented to town voters for approval later this year.