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Tentative Timeline Set for Gladwyne Library Renovations

Bids could be sent out by early summer, according to Lower Merion Director of Libraries Christine Steckel.

After months of apparent radio silence, plans to renovate Gladwyne Library may soon be moving ahead.  At Wednesday night’s Library Committee meeting of the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners, Director of Libraries Christine Steckel provided an updated timeline for renovations.

Steckel said Justin Kimball, president of the Gladwyne Library Board, has informed her that the library board has been discussing the renovation project, though discussion has taken longer than anticipated.

The Gladwyne Library Board and the township government have been working on a legal agreement to govern the renovation of the privately owned building.

The board expects to finalize their response to Lower Merion on Feb. 12. A public meeting is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Feb. 27 at Waverly Heights Retirement Community, at which design firm Vitetta will present and residents can give feedback.

Between March and May, the board would return to HARB for a certificate of appropriateness, and if successful, get a cost estimate for the renovations. In this timeframe, given approval, HARB-approved designs for the exterior elevator would be presented to the Board of Commissioners for review.

From May to July, if the other steps are successful, the cost estimate and design will be presented to the commissioners for approval, and the project will be sent out for bid.

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