Following to overhaul the Old Thayer Public Library's roof and other exterior aspects, the town will move on to repairing, restoring or replacing the 138-year-old building's doors and windows, the second phase of a long-term project to turn the former library into a community meeting space.
The approved $116,000 for the second phase during its meeting on Tuesday night. Planning and Community Development Director Christine Stickney said she expects the total phase cost to come in at about $90,000 but built in a buffer for possible additional design and other expenses. Any remaining money would be returned to the Community Preservation Act fund.
Stickney also said that the town has applied for a grant from the Massachusetts Historical Society that could cover as much as half of the project's cost. For the first phase, Braintree asked for $100,000 and received $45,000 from the state.
The library, between and , was dedicated in 1874 after being funded by an endowent from General Sylvanus Thayer and money from the town.
It served as Braintree's public library until 1953 when a new facility was built across the street and the water and sewer department moved in. In 1978, the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places by the federal government on its educational, social and architectural merits.