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Jamaica Plain Branch to undergo renovations

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

As announced at the recent renovation community meeting on March 25, the Jamaica Plain Branch will undergo major building improvements beginning in August. The building renovation necessitates a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, and is expected to last 18-24 months. The goals of the renovation project include an enhanced and expanded children’s area, creation of a teen area and gallery space, and improved technology, including a maker space, expanded adult reading area, an upgraded multipurpose room, and refreshed collections. A 700-square-foot addition to the building will provide a new reading room for the community. Follow progress via the branch capital projects section of the BPL website or read the press release for further information.

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artist rendering of draft design subject to review

5th Community Meeting scheduled to discuss Jamaica Plain renovations

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

The 5th community meeting in the design process for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library will be held on March 25th at 6pm. Join the architects from Utile, Inc. BPL staff, and City of Boston project managers to hear the latest on the project.  The meeting will begin at 6pm at the branch at 12 Sedgwick Street, Jamaica Plain. If you’re not able to come to the meeting, follow progress hereIMG_8594 copy

Jamaica Plain: Renovation Meeting Recap

Posted on December 6th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

On November 12, approximately 40 community members, Boston Public Library staff members, and project managers and architects from Utile, Inc. gathered at the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library for the fourth community meeting related to the renovation of the 112 year-old building.

Some changes since the last presentation include moving the tween nook under the mezzanine, moving the maker space adjacent to the staff workroom, and shifting the lower level meeting room to accommodate a small conference room.

Review the design progress and changes in floor plans and ideas over the course of the project via the Branch Capital Projects page on this website. Below is a rendering of the Sedgwick Street entrance with the proposed reading porch shown at left. The grayed-out building behind the branch is Curtis Hall, which is shown for orientation purposes.

Draft rendering JP branch of BPL.

Jamaica Plain Renovation – Update

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects
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Michael LeBlanc of Utile, Inc. shows community members a model of the proposed renovation

The third community meeting regarding the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library was held on August 4.

About 45 community members joined Utile, Inc. as they outlined proposed options for the addition and renovation of the 103 year-old building.

Full meeting notes and the presentation can be found here.

The next community meeting will be held in the fall where further developments of the plan will be presented.

 

 

Jamaica Plain Branch Renovation Meeting

Posted on June 5th, 2014 by Christine Schonhart in Branches, Library Services, Major Projects

The second community meeting for the design phase of renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library was held on May 21 at the branch. About 35 neighbors attended the meeting where architects
from Utile, Inc. presented an overview of the project along with three potential options for floor plans. Community members discussed the importance of the collection, access to technology, a space for teens, and the need for large and small community gathering places. A discussion on what a maker-space might look like at the branch included suggestions for computers, design software, group work stations and places for the community to share ideas and art.

groundfloorplanJPThis renovation project includes plans for additions at the South Street side of the building as well as an addition on the north side to accommodate an elevator. The ultimate design will need to be reviewed and approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. This phase is expected to wrap up in Winter 2015, and pending City Council budget approval, the construction phase could begin in the spring or summer of 2015. Renovations will require that the branch be closed to the public for approximately 12-18 months.

Meeting notes and the presentation can be found here. Shown in the image at right is one of the proposed layouts for the main level of the branch.