The South Boston Waterfront has it all. Luxury condos, fancy restaurants, upscale fitness studios and even a lululemon but one thing it does not have is a library…..yet. According to the Boston Globe, State Rep and Southie resident Nick Collins has put aside a cool $10 million in the state spending bill recently passed by the House potentially to use for a public library.
Initially, Collins had wanted a library to be part of the plan for the new Seaport Square development recently approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency. But the final plan did not include a library but it did include two 5000-square-foot spaces — for “civic, education, or cultural” uses. So maybe the library could go in one or both of those spaces? We shall see. The decision is still a long way off. The spending bill still need to pass in the Senate and be approved by Governor Charlie Baker. It would also need the approval of the WS Development and the Boston Public Library.
The Boston Public Library did tell the Globe they’d be open to a new branch opening in the Seaport District.
Collins is proposing the library be non-traditional with a focus on community space and computers not old fashioned books.
What do you think?