Library Relocation Project


The Taft Library Building Committee has been working with exceptional professionals – Owner’s Project Manager, Lamoureux Pagano & Associates and Abacus Architects – to finalize the design documents for the Library’s new home at 29 North Avenue and keep the budget under $1.7 million.

Efforts to minimize costs include:

  • A $111,000 Green Communities Grant.
  • A $50,000 reimbursement from the Commonwealth for energy efficiency measures was earmarked for the project but has since been rescinded via 9C cuts to the state budget.
  • Donated labor, expertise, resources and materials by Mendon residents, area businesses and Building Committee members
  • Preliminary demolition work performed by BVT students and inmates of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Shelving donation valued at $100,000 by the Boston Public Library

However, preliminary demolition, design and engineering work have revealed unforeseen conditions, leading us to set a fundraising goal of $100,000.

The original 1953 drawings were not entirely accurate. Fortunately, the Building Committee discovered these issues early on. They are far more expensive to resolve when they are discovered after construction begins. Issues include:

  • Major structural problems that require remedial work
  • More waterproofing and site drainage than expected is required due to the high ground water level
  • The building has very little insulation, so we must add a new skin and replace single glazed windows to meet building code requirements
  • The well must be brought up to code
  • The septic system needs repairs
  • Hazardous abatement is required


We are almost there – we just need a little more help from you.

Please support the project by making a tax-deductible donation to the Taft Library Relocation Fund.  Resident Kevin Rudden has generously pledged to match the first $10,000 in honor of his recently deceased parents, Georgette and Frank Rudden – both lovers of libraries.

Double your donation again if your employer has a Matching Gift Program!  

The Library will recognize your donations of at least $100 as you choose:

1) As a donor of between $100 and $1,000 you will be listed on a Donor Tree on the Library’s main floor;

2) As a donor of at least $1,000 you will be recognized on a Donor Wall near the Library entrance;


3) Honor your loved ones by naming a space, collection or furniture item in recognition of your gift.

Please make checks payable to the Taft Library Relocation Fund and mail to:    

Friends of the Taft Library, P.O. Box 35, Mendon, MA 01756

Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number and email address.

The Friends’ tax identification number is 20-8954886.

Click here for a convenient form to include with your donation as well as information on naming opportunities.

Current Renderings

To see drawings of the architect’s design, click on the following images: Image 1, image 2, image 3

Bid Documents / Public Notices

For Bid Documents and Public Notices about the renovation project, click here.

Building Committee Documents

For Building Committee updates and Meeting Minutes, click here.


2012 Public Hearings, Preliminary Building Plans, Preliminary Cost Estimates, FAQ’s

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Slide presentation shared at Informational Meeting, September 12.

Construction Costs Explained (a list by Architect Ken Best)

Flyer with facts on the need for libraries and this project

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Proposed Floor Plan (main level)

Proposed Floor Plan (lower level)

Grassroots Meeting Minutes 5-23-12

General Summary of Activity through 2012:

Taft Library Trustees negotiated a price of $360,000 to purchase the St. Michael’s Church property on North Avenue.  At the June, 2012 Special Town Meeting, voters overwhelmingly approved spending $5000 to bind a Purchase and Sales Agreement, providing the Town time to bring warrant articles for the purchase and renovation of the church before voters at the September Town Meeting and a ballot in the November, 2012 elections.

The Trustees explored alternatives for the future of the library, including renovation and expansion of the current building, constructing a new building on land the Town already owns, and searching for other existing buildings suitable for conversion to library use.

An invitation was issued to architectural firms and several were interviewed to prepare schematic designs and a detailed renovation budget for the St. Michael’s property.  Drummey Rosane Anderson was selected, and principal architect Ken Best worked with library directors and trustees through an iterative process to identify needs, then refine plans that optimize functionality and economy of operation while minimizing total renovation costs.  Click the links to floor plans and other info below.

In researching opportunities to further reduce renovation expenses, the Trustees reached out to Blackstone Valley Regional Technical Vocational High School.  BVT worked directly with trustees and the architect to identify which construction tasks could be accomplished by BVT students and the estimated savings to the Town of Mendon.  The school has reserved time during the 2013-14 school year to take on a significant amount of renovation work, providing assistance with electrical, HVAC, painting and decorating, carpentry, and plumbing.

At the September 25, 2012 Special Town Meeting, voters approved both library articles by a wide margin. Two debt exclusion questions then passed voter approval on the November 6th ballot.

Although the full cost for renovations and moving is requested, we expect to realize significant savings by our collaboration with BVT, advantages provided by the competitive economic climate, and fundraising initiatives.

We continue to explore fundraising opportunities and all other suggestions for reducing the cost to taxpayers.  Send your suggestions to

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