Kittery Town Council wary of new library proposal

KITTERY, Maine — Rice Public Library officials and supporters began their pitch to the Town Council on building a new library on Frisbee Commons in front of Kittery Community Center, though it was met with a tepid response.

The pitch came in the form of a Town Council workshop with the Rice Public Library Board of Directors before their regular scheduled meeting on Monday in front of a packed room. Mike Lassel of Lassel Architects presented the design work on the building; Cordelia Pitman, director of preconstruction services for Wright-Ryan Construction, presented the estimated building costs; and Lee Perkins, director of Rice Library, presented the estimated operating costs.

Lassel’s presentation was similar to the one he gave to the KCC Board of Directors in March. He highlighted the energy efficiency of the new building compared to the cost of heating and cooling the current buildings. Together, the two existing buildings are 11,000 square feet in size and cost about $20,000 to heat and cool, and the new proposed building, at about 20,000 square feet in size is estimated to cost between $8,000 to $9,000 to heat and cool. Pittman said that through their extensive estimating that looked at the entire project from designing to opening, the total cost of the project was a little over $6 million.

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By Brian Early

July 12. 2016 6:50PM