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Library project changes to go under microscope
07-19-2024 11:08 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Changes to the $46.1 million plans for the expanded and renovated Jones Library, largely driven by an attempt to reduce costs when the building project goes back out to bid later this year, will be examined by town boards and committees...

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$2M in historic tax credits for Jones Library expansion off the table
07-11-2024 8:19 AM

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
06-25-2024 2:51 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
06-10-2024 4:02 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...


State library board extends window for Jones project to land affordable bid
06-06-2024 4:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Trustees for the Jones Library and the Library Building Committee will have another six months to identify a general contractor to handle the estimated $46.1 million project to expand and renovate the 43 Amity St. building by the end of...


Amherst council rejects pulling plug on Jones Library project
06-04-2024 3:18 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...


Repair-only Jones Library plan would need more funding
05-25-2024 5:01 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
05-20-2024 5:25 PM

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
05-13-2024 4:58 PM

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...


With Jones project in question, Amherst won’t sign lease for temporary digs
05-08-2024 5:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A significantly higher bid for construction of an expanded and renovated Jones Library is causing Amherst officials to scrap plans for leasing a temporary location elsewhere in town, as well as raising worries about whether the new $97.5...


Amherst council hears call to scale back Jones work
04-30-2024 4:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In September 2022, the Town Council committed to keeping the $46.1 million project to modernize and expand the Jones Library going, at least until it reached the construction bid stage.For Amherst resident Toni Cunningham, that decision...


Sole over-budget bid could doom Jones Library expansion project
04-29-2024 4:57 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
04-02-2024 3:39 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
02-26-2024 5:14 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
02-06-2024 10:19 AM

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 Historical Commission to support application for historic state tax credits for Jones Library project
01-16-2024 4:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Amherst Historical Commission is supporting an application for historic state tax credits for the renovation and expansion of the Jones Library, even with some changes being made to interior spaces of the original 1928 building.The...


Arts Briefs: A musical goodbye at Anchor House of Artists, varied exhibits in Amherst and Northampton, and more
12-22-2023 2:16 PM

A stylish and artistic send-offNORTHAMPTON — Anchor House of Artists, which is closing for a couple weeks beginning Dec. 24, will be open Dec. 30 to host a send-off for pianist and poet Eliot Cardinaux, who has spent much of the past decade shuttling...


Amherst Council increases borrowing for Jones Library project by $10M, some call it the ‘most trying’ vote they’ve had
12-19-2023 12:40 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...


Some spar over Jones Library project borrowing
11-26-2023 2:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Debate continued last week over a nearly $10 million increase in the borrowing authorization for the $46.14 million Jones Library renovation and expansion project, with those both for and against the idea using a public budget forum as a...


Amherst leaders looks to raise cap for Jones Library borrowing by $10M
11-14-2023 6:09 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Town officials are preparing approve a nearly $10 million increase in the borrowing cap for the Jones Library project, a requirement of receiving the project’s grant funding from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.But...


Amherst College makes $1.3M promise to region for Jones Library, hospital emergency department and the Drake venue
11-01-2023 12:07 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $1 million gift from Amherst College is supporting the renovation and expansion of the Jones Library expected to break ground next year, marking the largest contribution so far to the ongoing $14.6 million capital campaign.The college’s...

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