The long vacant East Branch Library may be sold by the town, if the Town Council approves the proposal on Tuesday night.
The 2,684-square-foot building at 481 Mt. Auburn Street was built in the 1920s and closed in 2006 after the main branch of the library was renovated and expanded. Now the town is considering selling the building and .28 acres of land to St. James Armenian Church for $1.2 million.
The town put out a call for bids, which had to start at $1 million, and received just one bid. According to a memo to the Town Council from Town Manger Michael Driscoll, the former library will “in the long run, be integrated into the neighboring St. James property.”
A facilities study done in 2007 found that the cost of renovating the building so it could be used would be about $1.4 million. There is no parking on the property.
Town and church officials have been working out an agreement for the use of the land, and Driscoll said it would not be able to be used for parking and will limit “non-church uses.”
The Town Council must approve the sale of the town property. The Council will meet on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:15 p.m. in Town Hall, 149 Main St., Watertown.