Hadley rejects plan to build a new library

The town would have needed a state grant for the library

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HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Hadley residents said “No” to a new library, but maybe to an updated senior center at Thursday’s town meeting; hundreds filled the Hopkins Academy Gym.

In the last hour of the town meeting, they decided the $2.5-million library was just too expensive right now. There was also the issue of having to demolish the town senior center to make room for the new library.

Library Trustee Alison Damtavenman told 22News, “The town was very clear about it, they wanted the library to stay in the center of town.”

“Obviously the library can’t move ahead with their plans until there is such a new thing as a senior center; because they can’t tear down the senior center and leave us with nothing,” said Dave Storey Senior Center Board Member.

If the library proposal passed, the town would have needed a state grant and taken on debt to pay for it. Representatives from the library said they’ll be back in the fall to bring up the article again.

Also, the senior center has been added to a list of projects, which is in need of repair.

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