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Cranbury Public Library’s new home still on track for completion in June

Artist rendering of the proposed stand alone Cranbury Public Library.

Construction continues at 30 Park Place West as Cranbury’s library building project remains on schedule to be completed by the end of June.

Several site tasks originally set for the spring have been completed as the contractor awaits for roof insulation.

From the end of 2021 into 2022, the technical schedule for the rest of project from December to June includes rough site work, rough electric and HVAC work, installing drywall, interior finishes, mechanical and electrical work, and landscaping.

“As you have maybe seen, the wall studs are being put in place and windows will follow soon. I will have a hardhat tour of the inside of the building on Feb. 23,” said Marilynn Mullen, director of the Cranbury Public Library.

“As you can imagine I am very excited watching the construction. I walk by the site several times a week and sometimes chat with the contractor. Much of my time is now being spent in planning the interior furnishings and thinking about what the library will be able to accomplish in the new space.”

Discussions will be taking place to plan for an official ribbon cutting ceremony once the project is complete.

“In fact, this month at the Library Board retreat, we will discuss working with the Cranbury Library Foundation to plan the ribbon cutting ceremony and other events to celebrate the library’s completion,” Mullen said. “All of us look forward to welcoming the community into the new space and delivering high-quality public education for all our members.”

The new library is on a 14-acre parcel of land at 30 Park Place West and once completed will be a one-story building close to 11,600 square feet.

The building includes a children’s area, teen area with laptop networking capability, adult section, an 80-person capacity large community meeting space, study rooms, gallery, a creative space, and an archive to hold the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society’s files and materials.

The project was possible through $2.4 million in private donations and fundraising through the Cranbury Public Library Foundation, the Board of Trustees reserving funds through the years, and $2.32 million in state funds from the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act (LCBA).

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