The city closed the books this month on the $12 million expansion of the Main Library and determined that it not only got done on schedule, it also came in $303,000 under budget.
“I’ve never seen that before,” said city Councilor Frank Nicastro, liaison to the library. “What a great job they did.”
Longtime Library Director Francine Petosa said the expansion, which doubled the library’s space and vastly increased its parking, has proven a hit for the community and “a highlight of my career” as well.
“The community embraced this project and continues to do so,” Petosa said.
Finance Chairman Rich Miecznikowski said he’s heard “nothing but good comments” about the work.
The result is “a beautiful, beautiful facility,” Mayor Art Ward said. “It is definitely a part of the community. It is definitely being used.”
He called it “a tremendous project” and commended all of the officials involved in it.
City Comptroller Glenn Klocko said the excess money for the project is pumped back into supporting the debt service on the bonds that were sold to pay for the expansion.
The city cut an $8.5 million deal in 2004 with W.J. Mountford Co. of South Windsor to carry out the bulk of the construction work, which was largely finished within a couple of years.
Since then, the city has been tying up loose ends on the project, a process that is typical of large construction jobs.
In addition to the construction costs, the city spent about $3.5 million on architects, overseers and other project expenses, including property acquisition.
Petosa said she’s happy that it all came together so well.
“Our expectations have been exceeded in so many ways,” Petosa said.
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