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IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME: 
STRONG LIBRARIES = STRONG COMMUNITIES 
A P R E S E N T A T I O N F O R M I L F O R D ’ S...
WHY EDAC? 
“Libraries often function as catalysts for economic 
development…because their reputation as safe 
community as...
WHY EDAC? 
 Library as community hub 
 Neutral space 
 One-stop information centers 
 Programs & services for all ages...
WHY EDAC? 
 Libraries boost local economies 
 “Anchor” for the downtown 
 Draw enormous foot traffic, all ages, all day...
WHY EDAC? 
 Libraries boost local economies 
 Helps create a more attractive market for businesses, residences 
 Long t...
Why we need a new library 
64 years old 
3 levels 
28 years old 
2 levels 
28 years old 
1 level 
Current facility: 14,000...
Why we need a new library 
 Extremely limited ability to meet the needs as 
expressed by community members 
 Insufficien...
Why we need a new library 
 Space. How cramped IS it? 
 Average square footage of NH public libraries: 
1.40 sq.ft/capit...
Why we need a new library 
 Design capacity: tipping point 
 The most heavily used town building outside schools 
 Last...
Why we need a new library 
 Project supported by: 
 Two community surveys 
 Professional, in-depth space needs analysis...
Why we need a new library 
 Projected & planned for in: 
 Current and past Town Master Plans 
 Past Library Long Range ...
SOLUTION 
 Options carefully evaluated in terms of: 
 What is the price tag? 
 What are the operational & maintenance c...
SOLUTION 
 Unanimous board vote. 
 Demolish entire current structure, rebuild a 2 story 
structure on existing footprint...
SOLUTION 
 Decision made *not* to renovate. Why? 
 Added 9 months to construction time 
 Still left with operational/ma...
SOLUTION 
 Why is this the best choice? 
 Rebuilding allows for LESS total square footage 
 Design stresses open, flexi...
SOLUTION
SOLUTION
SOLUTION
Added 
green 
space
HIGHLIGHTS 
 Larger Children’s Dept w/ dedicated program space 
 Larger, contained Teen Dept 
 Large, flexible meeting ...
HIGHLIGHTS 
 After-hours meeting room use 
 Several small group/quiet study rooms 
 Technology/business center 
 Vastl...
HIGHLIGHTS 
 Reminder: 
 Average square footage of NH public libraries: 
1.40 sq.ft/capita 
 Milford’s library = .89 sq...
 Parking 
HIGHLIGHTS 
 Current parking lot = 38 spaces 
 Future parking lot = approximately 60 spaces
Added 
green 
space 
Added 
parking
COST 
 Cost to taxpayers: $4.9 million 
 Total project cost of $5.4 million 
 Cost offset by $500,000 Trustee contribut...
 Tax impact = .33/$1000 
 Impact for a home valued at $200k = $66/year 
 Average Milford home valued = $235,800 (2013) ...
BENEFITS 
 “Libraries “attract tremendous foot traffic, provide 
long-term tenancy and complement neighboring 
retail and...
BENEFITS 
 In the most heavily used town facility outside of 
the schools, the investment has a huge impact on 
residents...
Wadleigh Memorial Library
If You Build It, They Will Come.  Strong Libraries = Strong Communities
If You Build It, They Will Come.  Strong Libraries = Strong Communities
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If You Build It, They Will Come. Strong Libraries = Strong Communities

  1. 1. IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME: STRONG LIBRARIES = STRONG COMMUNITIES A P R E S E N T A T I O N F O R M I L F O R D ’ S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
  2. 2. WHY EDAC? “Libraries often function as catalysts for economic development…because their reputation as safe community assets make them desirable neighbors. But their programs also aid local economies by providing valuable information to entrepreneurs, supporting education and early literacy, and helping job-seekers to improve their skills and find employment.” “ULC Report: Libraries are Sustainability Partners.” American Libraries. Jan/Feb 2011, Vol. 42 Issue ½, p.20.
  3. 3. WHY EDAC?  Library as community hub  Neutral space  One-stop information centers  Programs & services for all ages, 0-100  Forums to exchange ideas  Opportunities for learning, innovation  Introduction & access to new (and “old”) technologies  Bridging the “digital divide”
  4. 4. WHY EDAC?  Libraries boost local economies  “Anchor” for the downtown  Draw enormous foot traffic, all ages, all day long  11,000 visits/month  Nearly a quarter million checkouts  Economic engine: creates opportunities  Studies  Complements vs competes
  5. 5. WHY EDAC?  Libraries boost local economies  Helps create a more attractive market for businesses, residences  Long term tenancy = stability, safety, quality of life  Small business support  Access to print & cost-prohibitive online resources, technology  Education station for job seekers
  6. 6. Why we need a new library 64 years old 3 levels 28 years old 2 levels 28 years old 1 level Current facility: 14,000 sq.ft.
  7. 7. Why we need a new library  Extremely limited ability to meet the needs as expressed by community members  Insufficient space for Teen & Children’s programs and collections  No way to contain noise  No flexible space for new initiatives, growth  Inefficient work flow  Not enough parking, esp. handicapped  Building not compliant with ADA
  8. 8. Why we need a new library  Space. How cramped IS it?  Average square footage of NH public libraries: 1.40 sq.ft/capita  Milford’s library = .89 sq.ft/capita 57% SMALLER than the state average
  9. 9. Why we need a new library  Design capacity: tipping point  The most heavily used town building outside schools  Last year: averaged 11,000+ visits per month  Nearly a quarter million checkouts  14,000 program attendees Investing in the library = Huge community impact
  10. 10. Why we need a new library  Project supported by:  Two community surveys  Professional, in-depth space needs analysis  Focus groups – staff and community  Strategic planning process
  11. 11. Why we need a new library  Projected & planned for in:  Current and past Town Master Plans  Past Library Long Range Plans  Current Library Strategic Plan  Town Capital Improvement Plans EVERY YEAR SINCE 1995 Every year that passes, the cost increases.
  12. 12. SOLUTION  Options carefully evaluated in terms of:  What is the price tag?  What are the operational & maintenance costs going forward?  Are identified program & community needs met?  Are space & workflow efficiencies addressed?
  13. 13. SOLUTION  Unanimous board vote.  Demolish entire current structure, rebuild a 2 story structure on existing footprint & add a 2 story structure of 8100 sq.ft.
  14. 14. SOLUTION  Decision made *not* to renovate. Why?  Added 9 months to construction time  Still left with operational/maintenance inefficiencies  Still left with overall layout problems which don’t meet needs Chopped up floor plan does not work for 21st century libraries
  15. 15. SOLUTION  Why is this the best choice?  Rebuilding allows for LESS total square footage  Design stresses open, flexible spaces – allows for future change  Better, more efficient spatial layout  Easier, more efficient to staff/secure/maintain  Cheaper to heat/cool/vent
  16. 16. SOLUTION
  17. 17. SOLUTION
  18. 18. SOLUTION
  19. 19. Added green space
  20. 20. HIGHLIGHTS  Larger Children’s Dept w/ dedicated program space  Larger, contained Teen Dept  Large, flexible meeting room space to accommodate bigger programs and groups  Flexible floor plans to allow for future use/growth
  21. 21. HIGHLIGHTS  After-hours meeting room use  Several small group/quiet study rooms  Technology/business center  Vastly improved efficiencies
  22. 22. HIGHLIGHTS  Reminder:  Average square footage of NH public libraries: 1.40 sq.ft/capita  Milford’s library = .89 sq.ft/capita (57% smaller)  Proposed project: 1.34 sq.ft per capita  We’re not over-building  We’re building to meet the needs of today’s population
  23. 23.  Parking HIGHLIGHTS  Current parking lot = 38 spaces  Future parking lot = approximately 60 spaces
  24. 24. Added green space Added parking
  25. 25. COST  Cost to taxpayers: $4.9 million  Total project cost of $5.4 million  Cost offset by $500,000 Trustee contribution
  26. 26.  Tax impact = .33/$1000  Impact for a home valued at $200k = $66/year  Average Milford home valued = $235,800 (2013)  Tax impact = $78/year COST
  27. 27. BENEFITS  “Libraries “attract tremendous foot traffic, provide long-term tenancy and complement neighboring retail and cultural destinations.”  “Libraries generate increased business for local merchants” while not competing with them. “Libraries at the heart of our communities.” Planning Commissioners Journal Summer 2009: 12-19.
  28. 28. BENEFITS  In the most heavily used town facility outside of the schools, the investment has a huge impact on residents, local economy.  Access to resources and new technologies for all.  Educational, informational and recreational programs and services…for all ages.
  29. 29. Wadleigh Memorial Library

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