Library project will include blasting for ledge

By Daniel Dunkle | Jan 09, 2019
Courtesy of: Town of Rockport The architect's rendering of the new Rockport library.

Rockport — The design team for the new Rockport library told selectmen Jan. 8 that ledge has been found on the property and will have to be blasted as part of the construction project.

The Select Board met with members of the team, including Bettina Doulton and Charlie Frattini of Phi Builders + Architects, to discuss the timeline for construction of the new town library at Russell Avenue and Limerock Street. The board also met with the Rockport Library Foundation.

The team and Select Board members are confident that even with the ledge, the project is on target for its $3.5 million budget. Of that money, $2 million is planned to come from private donations, and the foundation has received pledges for $1.3 million toward that goal so far.

The project is expected to be put out to bid by the end of February, and the bid should be awarded to a construction firm by the end of March. The town hopes to break ground on the project April 15 and have it completed by August 2020.

The design team did not discuss exact figures for the blasting costs at the public meeting, noting that this would be a competitive bidding process, but said the cost would likely be absorbed in the construction budget's contingency funding.

The old library building at the same location was demolished in December.


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