Friday, July 8, 2011

Manchester, Connecticut: "Save the Park" Group Opposes Library Expansion Plan

Library Plan Is 'Cheap' Solution, Opponents Say. (Hartford Courant, 7/7/2011)

Excerpt: A spokesman for a group that opposes any encroachment into Center Memorial Park says the latest plan for an addition to Mary Cheney Library is a cheap compromise.

"This plan is based on faulty premises, ugly architecture and doing projects as cheaply as possible," Save the Park spokesman Joe Hachey wrote Thursday. "It is sad when town leaders from the 1800s showed more vision than today's."

The plan, which is only a concept at this point, was presented to the board of directors Tuesday. It calls for a 20,000-square-foot addition and renovations to the Main Street library. The plan would reclaim parking areas as green spaces and would not significantly affect the total planted area in the park adjacent to the current library.

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