Despite Setbacks, New Ridgefield Library To Open On Time

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The Ridgefield Library plans on moving back to their historic location on Main Street on time, despite several setback.
The Ridgefield Library plans on moving back to their historic location on Main Street on time, despite several setback. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith, file photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Two factors contributed to the construction delay for the new Ridgefield Library, but officials are still optimistic about finishing on time.

“We did, unfortunately, have about a four-month delay, due to a couple of different factors, which really kind of tripped us up,” said Peter Coffin, chairman of the library's Board of Directors.

One was an addition to the hazardous materials list from the State of Connecticut, a type of mastic that had not been tested when the library put together its hazardous materials report. 

“And the second thing that unfortunately held us up was we did not get a complete array of bidders when we put the project out to bid, probably only half the divisions that were put out to bid we actually received bids on,” Coffin said. “We actually had to put the project back out to bid.”

But he told the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night that everything was back on schedule, even the construction. The contractor believes that contruction will be completed by the beginning of February 2014, only two weeks later than originally planned, he said.

Coffin admitted some skepticism but said that baring any other unforeseen complications the library should be able to open its doors on time in April 2014.

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