Fanwood Library Improvement Project (FLIP)
UPDATE JANUARY 2018
** The Fanwood Library Improvement Plan (FLIP) continues to gain momentum. Our project architect, John Viesz (of FVHD Architects & Planners, Trenton, NJ) has refined the plans and will soon provide the Board and mayor and council with the Building Committee’s approved design options and updated the costs. Decisions will be made soon to allow us to become “shovel ready” with our plan, and to be prepared to apply for, and take advantage of the matching funds the recently approved NJ Library Construction Bond Act will provide.
** Last year the Borough Council passed a resolution in support of the project and authorized the library board to begin to try and raise funds to offset the public (Borough) cost. In response to that the board is working with a professional fund-raising consultant to begin planning a capital campaign as well as addressing more long-term development goals.
NJ LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION BOND ACT
** On November 7, 2017 the NJ Library Construction Bond Act was approved by NJ voters!
Thank you to all of you who voted for a strong future for libraries in NJ. Here is the latest information available: http://www.njstatelib.org/services_for_libraries/new-jersey-library-construction-bond-act/.
This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and serve the public.
Approval of this question will clearly have a great impact on the Fanwood Library Improvement Project by providing matching funds and significantly reducing the financial impact of the library improvement project on Fanwood taxpayers.
The design of the renovation and expansion of the library presents a feasible vision for addressing the long-standing physical needs of the library as detailed in the Strategic Plan, expressed by the community, and established in the review process by staff, the public, and the council-library building committee.
It opens the library to people of all ages and abilities, offers more and better spaces, supports current and emerging technology, and transforms the building into a sustainable community asset.
The original library on this site was built in 1951. In 1980 an addition was added.
For more information on the project contact Dan Weiss at the library.