MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Township Committee has passed the ordinance to issue $12 million in bonds for its library reconstruction project.

The Maplewood Library will also be fundraising to supplement the bond money and the $8.3 million being granted by the state. The project will be a total reconstruction of the library building. The new building will be two stories and fully ADA accessible. Members of the Library’s Board of Trustees spoke during last week's meeting in support of the ordinance.

“The Township is getting a 21st century library at 50 percent off. It is a once in a generation deal,” said David Huemer, treasurer of the Library Board of Trustees. “We are at a key point after you vote tonight; the Library Building Committee and the Library Foundation can broaden the fundraising effort and can finalize the building plans.”

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Ben Cohen, president of the Maplewood Memorial Library Foundation, spoke about when the foundation first approached the Township Committee in 2015 to ask for $12 million.

“A lot of people have worked very hard over these last five plus years to get to where we are this evening, the Township Committee, the Library Board, the Library Director and her staff, the Foundation and the Friends of the Library,” said Cohen.

He then went on to thank former Mayor Victor DeLuca for his commitment and hard work on this project over the last five years. DeLuca is also a current member of the Library Board of Trustees.

Director of the Maplewood Library Sarah Lester thanked all those who have worked on this project over the years.

“Our new library will be inspiring, inclusive, technologically advanced, sustainable and open for all for years to come,” said Lester. “It is an honor and a privilege to build this library with and for all of you and for the generations that will follow.”

The Township Committee unanimously voted to pass the ordinance.


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