Accessibility Project

10/14/2021 An update from the Castleton Free Library Board of Trustees, chairperson, Nancy Mark:

On behalf of the library trustees, I’m pleased to tell you about the progress that is taking place with regard to the handicap-access project.

The construction documents are now available to view at the library and, with some minor modifications recommended by our 106 Review consultant, are now in the hands of the Division of Historical Preservation for what we hope will be their approval. Once we receive their endorsement, James Brady, the Environmental Officer for the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, will finalize this part of the process. Following that, we must advertise a public notice period, giving people an opportunity to comment on the findings of the Environmental Review and the “clean bill of health” we received from the extensive soil testing that took place last winter and spring.

This public notice period requires seven days and must be followed by an additional fifteen-day “procedural comment” interval.

While all this is happening, our architect is finalizing the bid documents and will be dispatching them shortly, moving us closer to our goal of construction.

If it should be necessary to wait until winter to send out bids, we have been advised by many with experience in these matters that there may be a sliver lining in this delay, as contractors have more time to consider projects. There’s also hope that, by then, the workforce and supply chain will have strengthened.

A special thank-you to Jonas Rosenthal, Castleton Zoning Administrator, for his important on-going assistance.

We are especially grateful to the Friends of the Library for their generous support of this project. We thank, too, the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation for the financial contribution it has provided as well as the Vermont Community Foundation for the Hollows grant we were awarded.

Thanks again so much for your interest and support.

Nancy Mark

Chair, Castleton Free Library Board of Trustees

9/2/2021 An update from the Castleton Free Library Board of Trustees, chairperson, Nancy Mark:


The survey has been completed and is in the hands of the lawyers for their review and hopeful approval. The survey shows some property line adjustments between the school district and the library. These adjustments would allow for the pathway to the rear of the library to be on library lands.
In addition, Tom O’Brien, the architect for the project, has submitted to Vermont state officials the necessary construction drawings for the addition. I will keep you posted on additional information and progress as soon as I receive it.

4/2/2021 New preliminary drawings for the elevator project have arrived! We are still awaiting a start date but we anticipate we will be breaking ground some time this summer…. stay tuned!

12/14/2020. Great news to share! Thanks to the hard work of our trustees and town administrators the library has received three grants totaling $130,000.00!

It is an exciting time at the Library! The Board of Trustees of the Castleton Free Library have begun the process of making the entire library wheelchair accessible. With a generous donation from the Friends of the Castleton Free Library and The Denise Nangle Estate plans have been created by architect Tom O’Brien. We are in the process of applying for grants to help with the cost. Come back to this page to see our progress!

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