Time-table of Progress

January 19, 2017 -   Library Grant Request mailed out to Massachusetts Board of Library
                                 Commissioners.

January 11, 2017 -  Library Building and Selection Committee Panel Discussion (TBA). 

December 9&16, 2016 - Community Open House from 2-4 PM with Library Director library foyer to
                                    review plans and ask questions

November 2, 2016 - Sharon Historical Commission members review and approval of historical
                                 facade' from North Main Street, design and color

October 19, 2016 - Review of exterior renderings in accordance to historical rebuild of 2-story 1892
                                Centre School

October 14, 2016 - Site Borings (Geotechnical Services, Inc.)

October 5, 2016 - Final approval of library floor plans in accordance to required Building program
                             Needs Assessment

September 16, 2016 - Site Survey (Jacobs Driscoll Engineering)

September 9, 2016 - Hazmat testing (Smith & Wesel)

September 7, 2016 - Perc Test (Dick Morse excavating and DeVellis Zrein, Inc.)

August 9, 2016 - Board of Selectmen meeting to discuss Sharon Historical Commission determination regarding the current library site and use of School Street as the Library's primary site for the library feasibility study and schematic design. The vote was unanimously approved.

July 26, 2016 - Board of Selectmen meeting to discuss the following: Library plans,  determination letter about the current library site, and preservations laws and regulations. 

Read the condition assessment of 1 School Street - old superindent's building.

July 25, 2016 - Library Building and Selection Committee and Sharon Historical Commission meeting to review joint project and historical preservation for 1 School Street.

July 21, 2016 - Meeting of the Sharon Historical Commission to discuss possible library project. Sharon Community Center Room 26 at 7:30 PM.  The Commission voted 4 to 3 to approve the project site as 1 School Street.  SHC will determine what the building envelope/exterior will be while the Library Building and Selection Committee will determine the library program spaces. 

July 13, 2016 - Meeting of the Sharon Historical Commission to discuss the Library Expansion Plans.  Sharon Community Center Meeting Room 26  at 7:30 PM.  The Sharon Historical Commission did not approve the plans to go forward on the current site. 
Read their report
hereThey will take a vote at a subsequent meeting to determine if they will support our project at the 1 School Street site.

July 2, 2016 - The LBSC was notified as follows, The Sharon Historical Commission met and are drawing up a letter to the library with their decision. They are planning to inform the LBSC by July 12 which is the date of the Selectmen's meeting.

June 27, 2016 - Susan Rich of the Sharon Historical Commission calls Town Hall on Friday asking to be placed on the next Board of Selectmen's agenda to discuss the library, particularly alternative sites.  They don’t believe the current site will work based on Mass Historical’s findings.   The Library Building and Selection Committee has not been notified as to the results of any findings, either by the Massachusetts Historical Commission or the Sharon Historical Commission as of June 27th.

June 23, 2016 - The Sharon Historical Commission met to discuss the Library expansion design plans.  The Library Building and Selection Committee was not informed as to the results of this meeting.
 
The Sharon Public Library Carnegie Building was built by Andrew Carnegie in 1914 at no cost to the Town of Sharon. This library was 2,000 square feet.  It was Andrew Carnegie's vision that, "A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people." The Carnegie Building is part of the Sharon Historic District.  And because of this, the Library Building and Selection Committee and Architects met with the Sharon Historical Commission on May 11, 2016.  

On May 13, 2016 the library submitted the Project Notification Form to the Massachusetts Historical Commission.  The purpose of the Massachusetts Historical Commission is not to stop a project from moving forward as described in 950 CMR 71, but recommends that all parties work together to find a solution.  " The MHC will determine whether the project will have any adverse effect, direct or indirect, on any property listed in the State Register of Historic Places. The MHC must make a determination of effect within 30 days of receipt of notification. If the MHC determines that a project will have an adverse effect on a State Register property, then the MHC, the state body, and the private project proponent will immediately consult to discuss ways to eliminate, minimize, or mitigate the adverse effects. The state body or the private project proponent undertaking the project must adopt all prudent and feasible means to eliminate, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects. 950 CMR 71.02 detail the process for compliance with M.G.L. c. 9, §§ 26 through 27C by establishing a forum for the resolution of disputes arising between proposed developments and historic properties; the emphasis of the process is on interested parties negotiating an agreement after a thorough and good faith examination of alternatives. State law does not give the MHC veto authority over proposed developments, but does direct state bodies to adopt all prudent and feasible means to avoid damaging historic properties. The MHC's role is to provide information, technical assistance, and a forum to assist project proponents in developing projects that consider historic values and preserve the Commonwealth's historic heritage."

The Architects described the plans while the Library Building and Selection Committee discussed the requirements of the grant.  The Library Building Program is the set of plans that describes the requirements as set forth by the MBLC, survey of community needs, 20 year projected growth figures for the Town of Sharon, public, and staff and utility space required to operate a library.   It is the 20 year projected growth requirements that determine the size of the building program.  The reason for this is because the State of Massachusetts does not want to pay for a project that won't last into the future. 

The Town of Sharon has expanded the library twice already.   The first addition which towered over and enclosed one side of the exterior of the Carnegie building was completed in 1960.  As the community grew and the library couldn't handle the increase in services required, another addition was completed in 1979.   The new library has a building program size of 20,000 square feet (public space) which is the minimum required by the Donahue institute figures for the Town of Sharon based on Sharon's community and needs.  This is a requirement for the grant.  The total square footage for the new library is 25,000 square feet which includes the utility space (elevator, bathrooms, mechanical room, electrical room, etc.)

The original Carnegie building was 2,000 square feet and the two additions brought the total size to 10,500 square feet.  The entire back wall of the Carnegie Building was removed in this renovation and the South side of the Carnegie building was covered with the new addition.  Zoning variances had to be secured in order to take most of the .33 acres of land that the library currently sits on.

May 2, 2016 - Annual Town Meeting - The Board of Library Trustees receive permission by unanimous vote to approve the Library Building Project and to apply for the grant to see if the Town will get funding for the new library project.  It is understood that this process is a long process and could take from 5 to 10 years for the project to be funded by the State of Massachusetts due to a waiting list process.  Libraries that are in poorer communities and communities dealing with failing buildings usually receive first priority for funding.