After Years of Preparation, Maplewood Seeks Bids to Construct New Library

The Maplewood Library is now accepting proposals for a project to create a new, larger Baker Street library, which will be partially funded by a $8.3 million state grant that will be given in 2020.

The “A Library for the Twenty-First Century” project in Maplewood will entail a total renovation of the building at 51 Baker St., transforming it into a two-story facility that is more flood resistant. Community gathering areas, a Business Center, and a History Center will all be included.

With public spaces on the first level and elevators and bathrooms strategically positioned, the new building will be more accessible than previously.

The library and Sage & Coombe Architects announced the final design designs in a virtual town hall in March. The construction plans have been revised.

Sealed bids must be received by 10 a.m. on June 14 at the office of Maplewood Township Clerk Elizabeth Fritzen at 574 Valley St., according to a public announcement from the library and township. Bids will be opened and read out in front of the audience.

These enhancements will be included in the new structure:

  • More seating, greater collections, and more public meeting space will be added to the library.
  • After library hours, a new 233-seat Community Room will provide outside access for use.
  • A separate Children’s Program Room will be located next to the Children’s Zone and will have flexible space, chairs, and a craft area.
  • A History Center, a computer lab/maker lab, and a Business Center will be available.

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