Stockbridge Library Renovation: Project gets $250,000 boost from the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust

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STOCKBRIDGE >> As the major renovation of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives continues, the capital campaign to support the project has gained a major boost with a $250,000 year-end gift from the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust.

The trust representing the late owners of the Red Lion Inn and Country Curtains donated the same amount in 2013.

Since the two gifts represent the largest donation of the $3.2 million capital campaign that began 14 months ago, the library's new Atrium Foyer will be named in honor of the Fitzpatricks, said Director Katie O'Neil.

The couple's daughters, Nancy Fitzpatrick and Ann Fitzpatrick Brown, have served as honorary chairwomen of the campaign.

"We are very grateful to the Fitzpatrick family for their support of our campaign," O'Neil stated. "It not only demonstrates our community's commitment to this important project but also serves as a wonderful reminder of the Fitzpatrick family's legacy and charitable spirit."

The library has raised $2,230,000 toward its goal, O'Neil said, including $400,000 in Massachusetts State Historic Tax Credits and grants from the Berkshire Bank Foundation and the Frelinghuysen Foundation.

The renovation is funded in part by the citizens of Stockbridge under the provisions of the Community Preservation Act. The town's Community Preservation Committee has allotted a total of $85,000 over the past three years toward construction costs, as approved by town meeting voters.

With work by Allegrone Construction Co. on schedule, O'Neil added, the renovated library is on target to reopen this fall as additional fundraising and grant opportunities are pursued.

Still pending is the library's application for a $600,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. A decision is expected in March.

Under the historic tax credit program, the nonprofit library, which pays no taxes, will receive a $400,000 certificate from the state. The certificate will be sold to a for-profit entity that can use it.

The library, which opened in 1864, has not undergone a major renovation since 1937.

Allegrone Construction submitted the lowest bid at $2.5 million. The library expects to spend an additional $700,000 for furniture, fixtures, new computer equipment, legal and consultants' fees, and insurance.

Portions of the library's collection, including new material, are temporarily available for loan at the Stockbridge Train Station, 2 Depot St., while museum archives are housed at the Merwin House, 14 Main St. Information: www.stockbridgelibrary.org

Contact Clarence Fanto at 413-637-2551.


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