Hadley residents head to the polls Tuesday

  • Right, the Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley. Voters on Tuesday will decide whether to advance a project that calls for construction for a new library. Voters will also decide the fate of a new senior center. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Monday, November 13, 2017

HADLEY — Polls will be open Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. at Hopkins Academy as voters decide whether to support projects to build a new municipal library and senior center.

The 11,800-square-foot library needs $3.8 million, which will be combined with a $3.9 million provisional grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners awarded last summer. An additional $300,000 is being sought in fundraising.

For the senior center, advocates are seeking to add $1.8 million to $5,3 million already approved by voters so that a $7.1 million, 12,000-square-foot project can be built.

If both move forward, the new senior center would be constructed in an open field behind the Hooker School building on Middle Street, with opening projected in 2019, and construction on the library to begin once the Hooker building is demolished.