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Gloucester Library lease extended through 2034

The Gloucester Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday night to extend the county’s lease agreement for the Main Street Library through 2034.

The lease between Gloucester and Main Street Center Preservation Trust not only extends the duration of the lease but also calls for the lessor to provide $200,000 for building improvements over the next 12 years.

The allowance for the improvements will be paid out in two installments of $100,000 with the first being available on the first anniversary of the signing of the lease. Prior to providing the funding, the MSCPT must approve the improvements.

County Attorney Ted Wilmot said the decision to renew the lease so that the library can remain in its current location came after other alternatives were deemed not feasible at this time. Initially, the county looked into buying the building, but was unable to reach an agreed-upon price tag for it. He said the idea of constructing a new library was not seriously considered at this time due to t...

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