#3 False

The basic repairs to or replacement of the HVAC system, skylight, front elevator and other building deficiencies are so costly that ADA provisions are triggered, and the Jones must make expensive modifications to make the building fully accessible. The price tag for these repairs + accessibility alterations is roughly the same as the Town’s cost for proceeding with the renovation project.  If the expansion project is rejected on Nov. 2, residents are likely to end up spending just as much money. The resulting Library will be even more cramped as accessibility modifications will need to be fitted into the existing building, and, unless even more money is spent, no improvements will be made to the climate-friendliness of the building and it will not provide more spaces for ESL, children’s programs, Teens, etc. The repair option will lose us $20+ millions in grants, gifts, and tax credits.