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"Building Connections" Capital Campaign for the Marshfield Public Library and Community Center, Part 2

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 -- 1:19 PM

-The public phase of the ?Building Connections? Capital Campaign for the Marshfield Public Library and Community Center was announced on Tuesday morning.

This is a project that has been many years in the making, but fundraising efforts for it began last fall. If the campaign can reach its fundraising goal, they hope to construct a new, two-story library, renovate the current library building, create a community center and connect both buildings with an enclosed entrance and lobby.

Bill Hocking, a co-chair of the campaign, talked about their plans for the new facility.

Mr. Hocking said, "Fortunately, the City of Marshfield and the Library Foundation had the foresight to acquire land over the years that provides us with an ideal location for a new library adjacent to the current facility. Since the current library remains structurally sound and is still an excellent building, it can be remodeled to become an excellent community center directly connected to the library, which will provide many natural synergies between these two buildings."

The ?Building Connections? Campaign hopes to raise $7 million for the project. The City of Marshfield approved contributing $3 million to the project with the rest being raised elsewhere.

"In August of 2012, the Marshfield Common Council approved $3 million from the city for this project with the remainder to be raised by private contributions," said Mr. Hocking. "Our goal is to raise $4 million for a total project cost of $7 million. An additional $2 million campaign may be required in the future to add further enhancements to the community center."

The campaign has already raised over half of their goal of $4 million.

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