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LIBRARY EXPANSION TO COST MORE THAN PROJECTED

A proposed addition to the Anna M. Reinstein Memorial Library on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga may cost $33,000 to $35,000 more than expected.

The 1,200-square-foot expansion will be built with $268,600 the late Victor Reinstein left to the Cheektowaga library, but updated construction estimates show the project will cost $302,000.

No problem. It appears the town will pick up any shortfall, Cheektowaga Councilwoman Patricia A. Jaworowicz said Tuesday after meeting with other elected officials about the issue.

Actually, the town is expected to be repaid the money it put into the project, said Mrs. Jaworowicz, who is also on Cheektowaga's library committee.

Reinstein's wife, Julia B. Reinstein, who died in July, left $100,000 in trust for the Cheektowaga library system, Cheektowaga's Library Director Elaine C. Mahaney told town officials.

So the interest earned from that money will be used to pay back the funds the town put into the expansion project, she said.

"There is really no reason to delay on this project if this funding mechanism proposed is feasible -- and I think it is," Mrs. Jaworowicz said. "The longer we wait on the project, I anticipate we will be incurring additional costs."

In fact, the project will cost more than expected because it has been delayed for several years and inflation drove up the projected costs, Mrs. Jaworowicz said.

The project still has to be put out for bid. Mrs. Jaworowicz is unsure whether construction can begin this year. At the very least, Mrs. Jaworowicz and other town officials hope to work out all project details so construction can be a priority next year.

"We want to put everything in place so the project would be ready to go and put on the schedule for next spring," said Cheektowaga Supervisor Dennis H. Gabryszak. "We need to move forward with this."

The expansion at the Harlem Road library will house the Reinstein family archives -- a collection of letters, photographs and other documents of the late Victor Reinstein and his Russian-born, socialist parents, Anna and Boris Reinstein, who came to Buffalo in the late 1890s.

The archives are a source for historical research on Western New York and the additional space will make the documents more accessible to the public.

The project also includes recarpeting the entire building, adding outside storage for library equipment and converting the rear portion of the building from electric to gas heat, officials said.

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