Norwell: Warrant article calls for new town hall and library study

Representatives from Norwell’s Town Hall and Library Study Committee appeared before the town’s board of selectmen Wednesday night, to request support for an article to fund a study to look at options for a new town hall and library.

Town Hall Library Study Committee member Frank White said the upcoming annual town meeting article seeks to appropriate $35,000 for a new study, to determine alternatives and cost estimates.

“We’re coming in basically saying here’s the approach we’re going to take, and to come up with a definitive set of alternatives, with costs, by next town meeting a year from now, so that the town can say, ‘Yay verily we’re going to do it or we’re not going to do it’, and they’ll be able to do so completely informed, so they make a complete decision about the total cost of ownership, not just – here’s what it’s going to take to get started.”

There are four possible options under consideration.

“One is the status quo, which means let the library and town hall stay where it is, and just support the buildings in their existing form. A variant of that would be to renovate and perhaps update each of the buildings a little bit, but nothing substantial in terms of size.

Another alternative is the Sparrel School, currently under occupied by the school administration.

Another option that had been discussed is at the Cushing Center, probably the tightest, most difficult of the options, but one that’s been discussed, so we wanted to give it fair shake,” White said.

The board of selectmen unanimously voted to support the warrant article proposal.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.