BREWSTER — There’s good news and bad news for plans to renovate the Brewster Ladies Library.

The project is sixth on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ list of potential grant recipients with a strong probability of being approved for a $4.65 million award in January, Ladies Library Association President Joan Pernice said.

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The bad news while the town awaited news of the grant the projected construction costs of $10.2 million in 2019 have escalated to $16.4 million by 2024-25 when renovation is expected to be completed. The initial estimate dates from 2017 with construction projected for two years later. Applying annual escalators of  9% for 2020 and 2021, 8% for 2022 and 2023 and 7% for 2024 and 2025 produced the $16.4 million cost. 


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