Library Board of Trustees Issues RFP for Architectural and Engineering Services for Conversion of Belmont Market Building Into A Public Library

The Board of Trustees of the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library has issued an RFP for “Professional Architectural / Engineering Services Related to the Conversion of the Former Belmont Market Building Into a Public Library.”  The goal of the RFP is to find and engage a qualified architect to develop site plans, designs, cost estimates, and a reimbursement application to the Rhode Island Department of Administration Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), for the conversion of the former Belmont Market Building into a modern new space for Narragansett’s public library.  A project approved by 68% of Narragansett voters in a 2016 bond referendum.

“The hiring of an architect to complete designs and develop detailed cost estimates is an important next step as we move to fulfill the will of Narragansett voters by moving our library into a modern new space in the former Belmont Market building,” said Nancy DeNuccio, President of the Love Your Library Coalition.  “The Love Your Library Coalition supports the work of the Board of Trustees, and looks forward to the hiring of a qualified architect to design a wonderful new home for our town’s public library.”

“A major donor has indicated a willingness to make a sizeable contribution to support the relocation of our library to the former Belmont Market building, but has requested a formal design and cost estimate,” said fundraiser Daniel R. Barry of DRB & Associates.  “The Board of Trustees issuing this RFP and engaging an architectural firm will complete this work, which will greatly assist our fundraising efforts, and most importantly, making a new home for our library.”

The Board of Trustee’s RFP is available online at: https://narlib.org/about/rfp/.