Exterior of Andover Public Library getting a face-lift

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Andover - posted Tue., Aug. 23, 2011
Work is progressing at the Andover Library. The library is open during construction. Contributed photos. - Contributed Photo

What started out as a simple regrading and repaving project has turned into a major exterior renovation at the Andover Public Library.

“Water collects and freezes right at the back door,” said Dianne Grenier, president of Andover Friends of the Library.

Since the work involved tearing up asphalt, the Library Board of Directors decided to get some other work done at the same time. An earth bank is being cut back to make room for additional parking. An aging septic system is being replaced with a new, heavy-duty tank with manhole covers for easy cleaning. New drainage pipes will take water away from the parking lot. A stone wall is being constructed. Trees lining the driveway will be trimmed back or removed. And the library stairs will be replaced by new, granite treads.

“The [library] board was able to get a grant, work with contractors to reduce the cost, use town capital improvement funds and take advantage of an excavator the Town Public Works Department had rented for the month,” said Grenier.

The library is expected to remain open throughout the duration of construction.

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