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Amherst council rejects pulling plug on Jones Library project
06-06-2024 7:22 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A process to seek new general contracting bids for the expansion and renovation of the Jones Library by the end of the year is continuing after the Town Council narrowly rejected an advisory calling on the town manager to immediately halt...

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$2M in historic tax credits for Jones Library expansion off the table
07-17-2024 9:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Around $2 million in historic tax credits sought for the $46.1 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library will not be available after the project was deemed ineligible by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, whose staff are...


Amherst council backs $551K savings study for Jones expansion project
06-27-2024 7:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Boston architect will develop various cost savings for the $46.1 million planned expansion and renovation of the Jones Library, in advance of the project going back out to bid for a general contractor later this year.At its June 17...


Amherst library dips into endowment to pay architects up to $551K to pare Jones project cost
06-13-2024 8:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than $500,000 from the Jones Inc. endowment will be used to pay Finegold Alexander Architects for an additional 12 weeks of work, during which its team will aim to reduce the costs of the proposed expansion and renovation of the Jones...


Repair-only Jones Library plan would need more funding
05-30-2024 5:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Repairs to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and fixes to the aging fire alert system and sprinklers are the most immediate upgrades that should be undertaken at the Jones Library, if a full-scale renovation and expansion...


Jones Library trustees to ask state for 6 more months to find contractor for expansion project
05-28-2024 10:46 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Jones Library trustees are appealing to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to extend the deadline for awarding a general contractor bid for the $46.1 million renovation and expansion of the 43 Amity St. building.Trustees on...


Jones trustees ask Amherst town manager to reject library bid
05-20-2024 10:03 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Trustees for the Jones Library are recommending that the lone bid for renovating and expanding the Jones Library, which is at least $6.5 million above projected costs, should be rejected.In 6-0 vote, the elected trustees advised Town Manager...


Sole over-budget bid could doom Jones Library expansion project
05-06-2024 5:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A lone $42.7 million bid by a general contractor for expanding and renovating the Jones Library building, coming in more than $7 million over cost estimates, could be putting the entire project at risk.“We are disappointed to have received...


Amherst’s Jones Library will take up temporary quarters on University Drive
04-04-2024 4:51 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A University Drive office building will be the temporary location for the Jones Library during the renovation and expansion of the library’s home at 43 Amity St. over the next year and a half.Trustees for the Jones Library and town officials...


Jones trustees short on expected library project contribution
03-10-2024 1:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even though an end-of-January commitment from the Jones Library trustees to provide the town $2 million for the $46.1 million project to expand and renovate the 43 Amity St. building wasn’t met, town officials are anticipating no impact on...


A new chapter begins at renovated, expanded North Amherst Library
02-08-2024 8:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Arriving at the North Amherst Library from their home a short distance away Monday afternoon, Zahir Kazazi, 5, and Elsia Kazazi, 7, parked their scooters at the base of a new staircase and chairlift, excitedly looking up from the $1.7...


Amherst Council increases borrowing for Jones Library project by $10M, some call it the ‘most trying’ vote they’ve had
12-26-2023 6:12 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Calling it their hardest, most difficult and most trying vote, the Town Council is increasing the borrowing authorization for the expansion and renovation of the Jones Library to $46.1 million. But before they voted on Monday to amend the...


Jones Library in Amherst outlines temporary digs during construction of addition, renovation
03-23-2023 7:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Seven locations spread throughout Amherst could provide the temporary space needed for the Jones Library to continue operations when the $43.5 million project to renovate and expand the 43 Amity St. building gets underway in late February...


Jones trustees reiterate commitment to Amherst library expansion
03-23-2023 7:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Trustees for the Jones Library are reaffirming their support for expanding and renovating the main branch building at 43 Amity St., taking a unanimous vote to continue moving the project forward as the capital campaign is two-thirds of the...


Jones Library panel planning all-gender bathroom
01-12-2023 2:08 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In an effort to accommodate the widest range of patrons, and limit lines during public events such as after-hour meetings and Burnett Art Gallery openings, the expanded and renovated Jones Library is expected to do away with bathrooms...


New language program to benefit older immigrants at Jones Library 
01-04-2023 8:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Older immigrants to the region, including those without English skills and a formal education, will benefit from development of a new curriculum for a program that will be housed in the long-running English as a Second Language Center at the...


Expanded Jones Library design receives unanimous support in Amherst
01-02-2023 11:29 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Final schematic design elements for an expanded and renovated Jones Library, including putting the art gallery near the basement entrance and moving the young adult area to the second floor, are being endorsed by the Jones Library Building...

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