Apalachicola envisions library at Chapman Schools

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 04:48 PM.

Greene said the grant dated back to 2008, when Cindi Giametta, the city’s former grants manager, wrote and submitted the initial grant application. Greene took over managing the process in 2011, and clearly was overjoyed Tuesday night that the money was finally flowing down.

She said a more detailed plan will have to be worked out in the coming days, and that the state said it is flexible with the 90-day deadline in place for it to receive detailed assurance that the city, owns, lease, or has unconditional use resolution from the building’s owner.

“The state says 90 days is flexible, as long as it’s by the time we put the project out to bid,” said Greene.

She said architect fees, which include planning costs, are expected to total $38,000 of the award, with $89,000 earmarked to install an elevator, $92,000 for initial equipment and the remaining $278,000 towards the actual remodeling.

In addition, the state appropriated $50,000 during the 2014 session to place a new roof over the building, Greene said. Plus there’s the possibility of utilizing some of the more than $400,000 bequeathed to the library by the estate of Margaret Key about a decade ago.

“Now I need to sit down with architects,” she said. “I know it would have to have certain things done to the interior to make it functional but I never expected to get the money.”

Susan Buzzett-Clementson, chair of the library board, said she expects to see a stepped-up fundraising effort for private sector dollars in the weeks and months ahead.

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