By DAVID McLELLAN Staff Writer, Greenfield Recorder, 2/7/2019
Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange FILE PHOTO
ORANGE — For 104 years, Wheeler Memorial Library has remained unrenovated and unchanged.
So, even though renovations could be another two years away, the fact that the library is 12th on the state’s waiting list for a construction grant is exciting news to library Director Jessica Magelaner.
“The building itself has been the same since the day it opened,” Magelaner said.
Wheeler is asking the state for $5,285,727, which is 53.2 percent of the cost of a construction project that includes adding a community room, another floor — not to the building, but splitting the library's high-ceiling main floor in half — and making the building fully accessible.
And it’s no longer a matter of whether the library will get funding, but when and how much. Wheeler is one of 19 towns on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Construction Grant Waiting List.
The state will eventually grant the library an amount of money up to the full amount asked for, but the specific number is dependent on a number of factors, including the cost of projects ahead of Wheeler on the list and the amount of money the state’s Department of Administration & Finance allocates for library construction grants in whatever year Orange is up to the plate, which Magelaner said could be one to two years from now.
Posted: to Orange Public Library News on Thu, Feb 7, 2019
Updated: Thu, Feb 7, 2019