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Friday, February 07, 2014

Library Seeks P&Z Approval of Expansion

More than five years in the making, the Westport Library tonight formally began the municipal approval process for a 20,000-square foot expansion of its Jesup Green building its has estimated will cost $25 million.

Library board members and the public told the Planning and Zoning Commission that the expansion was badly needed and that it would enhance Westport’s ability to meet changing demands.

First Selectman Jim Marpe, who, by state statute, must initiate any application for use of town property, outlined the request, known as an 8-24 approval.

He and other speakers said the library’s role had changed from lending books to becoming technically advanced learning centers and that the Westport facility had outgrown its capacity to serve the public.

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