What constitutes an approved site? Must the municipality or library own it at the time of application?
From the regulations:
“Approved Site. The site as approved by the municipality and accepted by the Board during the planning and design phase of a project. The approved site is the only site that may be used in the building project; it may be changed only with prior approval by the Board and only as the result of circumstances entirely unforeseen and beyond the control of the Applicant or Grantee. The site for a library building project must be specified prior to commencement of MPLCP-funded design work with a stamped site plan prepared by an architect registered in Massachusetts and must be delineated by a stamped survey performed within the preceding 15 years by a land surveyor licensed in Massachusetts. The site must include adequate space for parking, grading, utilities, and the library building, including any necessary space for future expansion. Before acceptance by the Board, any site on municipal or school owned land must include documented and official approval defining the site and agreeing that it is to be used for the library for the duration of at least 30 years. If the project is planned on land not owned by the library or the municipality, the Applicant or Grantee must have a signed Purchase and Sale Agreement or a lease of not less than 99 years at the time of acceptance by the Board. See 605 CMR 6.02: Title.”