After five years of fundraising and planning, the end is in sight! The combined library and community center design is complete and is going out for bid in March. While the bidding and contracting process is underway, the Cranbury Library Foundation is raising the final $220,000 that they estimate will cover the new building construction. This final fundraising phase of the project is the Community Walk of Knowledge.
We have achieved some key milestones:
- Architecture design is completed.
- Planning Board approved the Site Plan at the end of Park Place West.
- Cranbury Township Committee agreed to build the adjacent municipal parking lot and required rainwater detention system.
- Detailed building construction plans are ready to go out to final bid.
- Furniture for new space donated.
Now we need to raise $220,000 to break ground! To do this, our final phase is the Community Walk of Knowledge Brick Program.
The Community Walk of Knowledge is the outdoor plaza where the new building opens onto the 14-acre open space that the township has preserved for a town square and recreational area. This area will include a patio featuring engraved bricks recognizing donors from this final phase.
To participate in the Community Walk of Knowledge program, residents can purchase a “champion” brick (8” X 8”) for $1000 and select up to six lines of text, to recognize their family, honor a loved one, or include their favorite quote. A “citizen” brick (4” X 8”) is also available for $500 and has space for up to three lines of text. The Library Foundation has partnered with BricksRUs, a company that helps with brick fundraising programs around the country.
Buy a brick and help finish the project! Order a brick at www.bricksrus.com/order/cranburylibrary or stop by the library to pick up an order form. There is more information about the program at the Foundation website (www.cranburylibraryfoundation.org).