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New Building Project Costs Increase By 25%


July 15, 2022


Final costs for the new library building were presented on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at the Addison Township Public Library New Building Committee meeting. This total is no longer an estimate or a projection. The established total for site preparation and new building construction is now $1.78M. This represents a 25% increase over projections.

Bids based on finalized project specifications were submitted by contractors on June 30, 2022. This was compiled by The Alan Group, who are the library’s construction management firm. Library Board President James Baldiga commented that they anticipated a cost increase, but not to this extent.

Project line items with exceptional increases include:

  • Electrical: 84% increase over projections
  • Masonry: 110% increase over projections

James Ratliff, construction manager of The Alan Group, attributes the increases to extensive construction market pressure since the conceptual budget in 2019.

The Library Board will meet the week of July 18th to discuss these developments in the project’s total cost. Fundraising efforts originally generated 86% of the expected funds needed. With the current figures, the library is actually at 70% of their fundraising goal. The difference is expected to be made up through a construction loan.

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Addison Township Library

Rosie Walker, Library Director

1400 Rochester Rd.

Leonard, MI 48367

(248) 628-7180

Addison Township Library Board of Trustees

James Baldiga, President

1400 Rochester Rd.

Leonard, MI 48367

(248) 736-0548

Addison Township Board of Trustees Gives Final Approval to Library Site Plan

March 22, 2022


The vote was unanimous.

Last night at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Addison Township Board of Trustees the Trustees voted unanimously to accept a resolution approving the Site Plan for the new Library.

An initial Site Plan was submitted to the Township Planning Board in May of 2021. A resolution letter approving the Site Plan was adopted at the November 9, 2021 Planning Board Meeting with the recommendation for approval by the Township Trustees.

Between November 9, 2021 and March 21, 2022 the New Building Committee Chair, James Elsarelli worked with all parties to address any final issues with our Plan. After the vote last night, Elsarelli said, “This was a great milestone for the Library and community. I am excited to continue progress on this project and look forward to the next phases.”

Work will begin on the new library as soon as possible.

Visit to learn more about the project and how you can get involved.


Addison Twp. Library Board of Trustees

James Baldiga, President

1400 Rochester Rd.

Leonard, MI 48367

Addison Twp. Library

Dennis Hillers, Library Director

1400 Rochester Rd.

Leonard, MI 48367

(248) 628-7180



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New Building Committee Meetings

The committee meets on The 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 5pm in The Library.


We are looking for all construction tradesman, artisans, suppliers, etc. interested in helping us with our project goals. If you or someone you know are in construction trades, supply chain or have other talents that can contribute to the cause, please use our Contact Us page to send us your contact information and area of expertise so we can reach out to you as we move forward.

Seeking the Following Trades & Services

Tree work, Earthwork, Trucking, Well Installation, Septic Installation, Landscaping, Asphalt Paving, Concrete Foundations, Concrete Flatwork, Masonry, Rough Carpenters, Millwork / Cabinets, Roofers, Siding, Caulking and Waterproofing, Glazing, Drywall, Tile, Flooring, Painters, Plumbers, HVAC, Electricians and more!

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