The major goal of the Transformation Project is to renovate the library from a static structure into a dynamic environment that will be more responsive to the ever-changing needs of Westport residents. Construction is set to commence in August 2017 with completion of the project slated for fall 2019.
As this project will enhance Downtown connectivity, activities, and the enjoyment of the river, this Plan supports the concept. The project honors one of the main values expressed by residents during the public outreach process, which was to provide for more activities for residents, especially children and teenagers. On August 4, 2016, DPIC voted to fully support the renovation project and to do so in front of the Board of Selectman's September meeting. As the library renovation moves forward, DPIC will form working groups to discuss related initiatives such as Library Lane, the placement of a playground, and Jesup Green.
- In January 2017, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) unanimously approved a $5 million request from the Westport Library to help transform it into a state-of-the art information and community center.
- DPIC will meet with library administrators to discuss related projects from the Master Plan.