The project was developed over the last several years, starting with the 2016-2021 Long Range Plan. As part of that process, we carried out surveys of public use and desire, which made clear the mismatch between our current facility and our present/future needs. Armed with that information, we moved to take advantage of the 2016-17 funding round of the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, administered by the Library Commissioners. This program is designed to make grants of up to 40 percent of eligible costs for replacement, or major remodeling, of public libraries. (Scituate, Norwell, and Weymouth have all received grants in the last or current round, and have finished or soon will start their new libraries.) The application deadline was January 25, 2017. The provisional grant was offered to Hingham in July 2018, with an initial deadline for town acceptance of January 12, 2019 -- extended to Annual Town Meeting 2019, with a final deadline of April 30, 2019. That means the Town must decide by annual town meeting, at the latest, if it can or wishes to commit to the local share.