With the help of a backhoe, the local library in Bar Harbor took a major step Wednesday morning toward its first expansion project in its 108-year history.
A contractor hired by Jesup Memorial Library demolished a house next door, at 28 Mount Desert St., where it plans to build an addition of approximately 9,000 square feet to make space for, among other things, a new community room, a new teen section and more bathrooms.
Before construction can begin, however, the library has to do two things. It has to make drainage improvements to its existing brick building, which was built in 1911 and has a basement that floods frequently during heavy rainstorms. And it has to raise an estimated $4.3 million.
Ruth Eveland, the library’s director, said Wednesday that library officials first started actively thinking about expanding in 2011, as the library was celebrating its 100th anniversary. When they found out a year later that the owners of the adjacent property planned to sell, they realized they had to act quickly and start developing plans.
A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....
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