FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ ImageWhy do we need a new library?
FAQ ImageWhy not expand on the current site, at 5 Concord Road?
FAQ ImageWhy build a new library building now? Why not wait?
FAQ ImageWhat will the new library be like?
FAQ ImageIsn’t the new location less ‘central’? How convenient is it for those from north Wayland?
FAQ ImagePeople keep talking about $18M in cost, but the warrant says $28M. Why?
FAQ ImageHow much will it cost? (How much will my taxes go up?)
FAQ ImageWhat will happen to the old building at 5 Concord Road?
FAQ ImageHow was the size of the building determined?
FAQ ImageIf the article doesn’t pass at the polls on March 27 and at Town Meeting, we’ll just vote yes next year, right?
FAQ ImageWhen do we vote?

 

Why do we need a new library?

Our current library building at 5 Concord Road is nowhere near large enough for a town with Wayland’s population. It’s time to address overcrowding, undersized collections, insufficient meeting and study space, inadequate children’s area and teen space, traffic and parking challenges, flooding, and other longstanding problems at the current location. A new library has been in the Town’s capital budget since 2005.

Strong libraries build strong communities. It’s time.

More specifics: 12 Reasons Why Wayland Needs A New Library.

 

Why not expand on the current site, at 5 Concord Road?

For years we studied possible ways to retrofit the existing library but the parcel is just too small to allow us to expand it enough, and any attempt to do so would cost the town about the same as the proposed new library but would give us an inferior library — while also ruining the historical beauty of that building.

(Note that the current parcel is also constrained by the Wetlands Protection Act, our Zoning Bylaw, and Wayland’s Aquifer Protection District, which only limits the possibilities further.)

More on why we can’t expand on the current site.

 

Why build a new library building now? Why not wait?

Because the state has offered Wayland a sizeable grant ($10.1M) to help with our costs, a grant that is only available to us right now. If the town does NOT vote to support this proposal at both the March 27 election and at April’s Town Meeting, we lose the $10.1M and we won’t get another shot at a similar grant for a long time. Besides, the town has studied this issue for literally decades. We need this, and the time is now.

 

Isn’t the new location less ‘central’? How convenient is it for those from north Wayland?

The New Library will be located by the Middle School, in the demographic center of town. Note that each of the 4-colored ‘quadrants’ in this chart represent roughly equal populations. Click to expand.

The site is only 5.9 miles from the most remote point in Wayland to the new library site. It is located in the demographic center of town, within walking distance for many town residents, and is close to four of our five public schools (it will be next to the Middle School). Unlike the current building, it will also have adequate, level, and safe parking and be ADA-compliant access for all our residents.

 

People keep talking about $18M in cost, but the warrant says $28M.  Why?

The state has given Wayland a one-time grant of $10,137,980 for this project and the Wayland Trustees are contributing an additional $750,000 from TheMillennium Fund, leaving a net estimated costof $18,052,730 from Wayland taxpayers. This $18M is the maximum our town would spend. What’s more, the Trustees are launching a capital campaign to further reduce the cost to the Town.  The goal is an additional $2 million and we hope for more.

 

How Much Will it Cost? (And How much will my taxes go up?)

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The Wayland Finance committee estimates an average household tax increase of $313 a year or $6.01 a week for the average homeowner in the first year, less each year thereafter. $6.01 is the cost of about 2½ cups of coffee.

TAX IMPLICATIONS:

1. Will not impact taxes until fiscal 2020
2. Impact will decrease each year.
3. Avg impact for median household = $186/year overall ($3.58/week)

BOTTOM LINE: We can absolutely afford the new library, and it’s because of the big state grant ($10.1M) that is only available if we vote YES.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What will happen to 5 Concord Road?

There are many wonderful possibilities for how the town could re-purpose and continue to use the iconic old library building at 5 Concord Road – keeping it open and welcoming to the public and giving it a renewed life in our community. Wayland residents will have a voice in the future of this building. At a recent public forum on this topic many ideas were suggested. The Board of Selectmen is currently tasked with leading the town’s decision about what might happen to the current library building. Read More.

5 Concord Road has a long and exciting future with our town.

 

 

How was the size of the building determined?

The proposed size uses national and state library standards and is comparable with libraries in towns our size. The design accommodates expected increases in use from Middle School and other students, and from those in the nearby neighborhoods. It is also designed to satisfy our needs for the future, as required by the state.

 

 

If the article doesn’t pass at the polls on March 27 and at Town Meeting, we’ll just vote yes next year, right?

  • If the article doesn’t pass in April, 2018, Wayland will lose the $10.1 million state grant. That money will go to another town.
  • Massachusetts has offered grants only three times since 2000. There are no current plans for a future state grant of this type.

 

When do we vote?

In order to get Wayland the library our town needs, we must get out the vote and win TWICE:
1) the debt exclusion question at the ballot on March 27, and
2) the library project at Town Meeting on April 3.
We need both.