After spending $2 million renovating its former library, the Town of Kingston has a stunning, and vacant, building opposite the new library. The group responsible for turning the Adams Library building into the Adams Heritage Center turned it over to selectmen, who have concentrated on many other things.
The historic commission and library trustees recommend a way forward – creation of the Adams Center Trustees who would do much of the work for selectmen.
The trustees would include representatives of key groups – the historical commission, the cultural council, library trustees, selectmen and three citizens at large. They would report to selectmen, who would maintain final control over the building. They would populate the archival space on the bottom floor with Kingston artifacts now stored at Plimoth Plantation and local universities. They would program events in the upper floor, such as concerts and readings. They would lease the space for meetings. They would budget and collect revenue.
“They would, hopefully, turn it into a self-sustaining building,” former moderator Fran Hoeg said, representing the group.
Selectmen had already placed an article on the Town Meeting warrant to create a revolving fund for the Adams Center.
Selectmen unanimously approved creation of the new group, appointed selectman Sue Munford as their representative and asked for volunteers to serve as at large citizens.