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West Seneca Public Library project to receive $400,000 from state

A proposal to expand and renovate the West Seneca Public Library will receive an additional $400,000 in state funding, officials announced Friday.

The latest appropriation, secured by Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, is coming from the State and Municipal Projects Program, which is administered by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. This past summer, the town learned it would receive $439,018 from the state’s capital fund for public library construction projects statewide.

The project’s total cost is estimated at almost $2.9 million, officials said.

Plans were unveiled in 2014 for a renovation and expansion at the existing 7,320-square-foot building on Union Road. The 10,236-square-foot addition would include a large community room, a conference room and two program rooms, as well as a mall area where people could access Wi-Fi 24 hours a day.

“The current library was built over 50 years ago and can no longer meet the community’s growing demand for services, especially public access to computers,” Gallivan said in a statement.

Groundbreaking is expected early next year for the first phase of the project: the addition. The second phase, interior modifications, will include new doors and flooring, updated mechanicals, and new furniture and furnishings.

“I envision that the West Seneca Public Library will become a meeting place for the community, where leisure reading, research and a variety of interactive, age-appropriate programming will come together under one building,” Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan said in a statement.