JP Library restarts renovation talk

SUMNER HILL—Six months after Mayor Thomas Menino said that the Jamaica Plain Branch Library “would be taken care of” financially, the library is having a public meeting to discuss renovations.

The meeting is scheduled for Wed., Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at Curtis Hall, next door to the 12 Sedgwick St. branch. An appointed community advisory committee will discuss community and library goals and help shape renovation options that the library can move forward in its next request for capital funding, Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library co-chair Gretchen Grozier said in an email.

The Friends of the JP Branch Library have been requesting $8.5 million for a complete renovation since 2006, when a study and design were completed. The project still remains on the City’s capital budget, awaiting funds to be allocated.

The branch is currently undergoing electrical upgrades as part of $75,000’s worth of work approved in the last city budget. At that time, the branch was chosen as one of two branches chosen to pilot a system-wide facilities audit to evaluate the need for major renovations.

The branch will remain closed until Dec. 3.

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