PRESS RELEASE – May 24, 2016
The community of Washingtonville, New York celebrated the start of a building process to “Restore, Renew and Reimagine” the Moffat Library of Washingtonville on Wednesday, April 6th with an official groundbreaking ceremony at the library.
Rendered uninhabitable by flooding during Hurricane Irene in 2011, and turned over to the Moffat Library Board of Trustees by the Town of Blooming Grove in 2013, the Board secured the services of Butler Roland Mays Architects to work with the Board and staff to develop a building plan to present to the Washingtonville community. A successful Washingtonville School District Referendum vote in March, 2015 to secure a $6.92 million bond to restore and enlarge the library building passed with overwhelming support from the community.
Designated as a historic landmark and placed on the National Register in 1994, the Moffat Library was designed by architect George Edward Harney in the Queen Anne style in 1887. The library’s landmark tower features an original Howard clock and the roof of the formal entrance is supported by elaborately scrolled Greek columns. The renovation plan will preserve these and other 19th century historical elements, while incorporating 21st century technology and design.
The renovation, redesign and expansion of the building will feature an open-floor plan, the newest technologies and cost-efficient heating and cooling systems, in a park-like, landscaped setting that will “revitalize the Village of Washingtonville’s downtown,” said David Heintz, Mayor of Washingtonville, at the library’s long-awaited groundbreaking.
PRESS RELEASE – May 4, 2016
Moffat Library FYE17 Budget Vote Passes
The Board of Trustees of the Moffat Library of Washingtonville are pleased to announce the passage of the library’s FYE17 Budget Vote. The vote passed 159 YES/50 NO. Board Members Luis Rivera, Ruth Manyin, Chris Fox & Dennis Barnett were re-elected to 5-year terms
Historic Moffat Library Project
Presented by Moffat Library Director, Carol McCrossen
Everyone is eager to return to our beautiful historic Moffat Library building in the center of Washingtonville. In 2013 The Library Board of Trustees formed a special building committee to work on this project. The committee includes library trustees, the library director, and members of the community.
To show our progress, listed here are the steps taken to reach the goal of returning to the Moffat Library building and what we expect to happen in the near future.
Click here for our timeline to restore, renew & reimagine the Moffat Library.
The two buildings at 16 & 18-20 West Main Street were demolished on Monday, August 10, 2015. 90% of the demolished materials will be recycled.
The space created will provide for a new parking lot to accommodate approximately 25-30 vehicles, as well as a small addition for the newly Restored, Renewed and Re-Imagined Moffat Library.
The fully renovated 6 West Main Library building is currently scheduled to open September 2017.
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PRESS RELEASE – March 27, 2015
The Moffat Library of Washingtonville is pleased to announce that the $6.922 million bond referendum, which will enable the library to restore, renew and re-imagine its 1887 Historic Landmark Moffat Library building, passed with resounding support on March 3, 2015. The vote tally of 733 yes votes and 289 no clearly showed how much the community values its public library.
Site preparation work will start this spring, with the primary construction beginning in the spring of 2016. The main construction project is expected to take between 13-18 months. It is anticipated that the library will reopen in the historic Moffat Library building in the early fall of 2017.
The Moffat Library Board of Trustees would like to thank the staff, the Friends of Moffat Library and the many volunteers who helped in this successful endeavor. This outcome would not have been possible without their unwavering dedication. Sincerest thanks. And last, but certainly not least, many thanks to the community who came out to vote and showed their support of Moffat Library in a very real and tangible way.
Thanks to Those Supporting the Campaign for a “Restored, Renewed and Reimagined” Moffat Library!
I see it as a community congregant point for our residents – old and young, and an integral part of our community.
Robert Fromaget – Blooming Grove Supervisor
The Moffat Library has been the heart and soul of the Village of Washingtonville for generations. The restoration of this historic landmark would provide a much-needed stimulus for economic growth in the downtown area.
Rick Lewis – President, Blooming Grove Washingtonville Chamber of Commerce.
We look forward to the restoration and return of the historic Moffat Library to the village. The library will be a beautiful centerpiece serving the total community.
Mark and Carol Roe, Former Blooming Grover Councilman; owners of Roe’s Orchards.
This is an ideal opportunity to support our local library in adapting to the advances offered in the Digital Era. Your vote will not only enhance the many services that Moffat Library provides; but, it will also establish a community space for residents to come together to enjoy an ever-changing range of activities to meet the interests of all.
Frank Fornario – Former Blooming Grove Town Councilman and Town Supervisor.
I look forward to our Moffat Library, back in the middle of town, equipped for patrons of all ages, with the best offerings of the 21st century. Come vote with me on March 3 and be part of the reality.
Rosemarie Werkman, Life Long Resident.
The Board of the Village of South Blooming Grove and I strongly support and endorse the proposed renovation of the Moffat Library in Washingtonville. It is good for our children and all members of our community and would preserve and enhance a beautiful, iconic landmark. Please vote in favor of this important proposal!
Rob Jerolomen, Mayor Village of South Blooming Grove.
The Moffat Library stands as not only a tribute to our past, but a path to our future through its historic significance and educational excellence. This has been made possible through public support and enrollment in the numerous activities, community enrichment programs, and continued dedication of the Moffat Library Board.
David Heintz, Mayor Village of Washingtonville.
Information on the Upcoming Library Referendum Vote
The Referendum vote on the Historic Moffat Library Building Project is taking place on 3/3/15 from 6 AM – 9 PM at the Moffat Library, 3348 Route 208, Building 2, Suite 2, Campbell Hall, N.Y.
Applications for Absentee Ballot Applications can be applied for at the Washingtonville Central School District, Office of the School District Clerk, 52 West Main Street, Washingtonville, New York 10992. Absentee Ballot application must be received by 5PM, Tuesday, Feb. 24.
The Library staff and the Board of Trustees have spent the last several months meeting with community groups to tell everyone about the exciting plans for the renovation and restoration of the historic Moffat Library building. Library director Carol McCrossen has prepared a powerpoint presentation which vividly shows the building’s present condition, as well as the plans for its future. A youtube version of the presentation is now available from the Library’s website. Also available at the Library & on the Library’s website is a brochure which provides answers to many of the questions residents have been asking about the building project.
One of the most significant questions being asked is what will be in the renovated Library. How will it be different from what we have now at the temporary location or at the historic Moffat Library building before the flooding? The revitalized, and restored library will be a building suited to a community in the 21st century. Not only will it have modern technology, but it will be designed as a sustainable building. The building will maximize natural lighting, incorporating light harvesting mechanisms & adjustable switches to keep costs down. In addition, the open floor plan will maximize staff availability to patrons while minimizing the need for hiring of additional staff.
Will the building be safe from future flooding? Keeping in mind the need to mitigate future flooding problems, all mechanical systems will now be above ground. The sidewalks, parking lot and park like landscape are designed to control water flow and lessen the likelihood of flood waters entering the building.
Our renovated and expanded building will include the following features:
- Safe and Contemporary Children’s Room
- Teen Space and Afterschool Program Space
- Glassed-in Adult Reading Section
- Conference Room for Tutoring or Home Office Meetings
- Community Meeting Room for up to 64 People
- Local History Room
- Kitchenette for Event Use
- Sustainable Design Features
- Park-like Landscaped Setting
- Ample Parking for 30
The bond vote is scheduled for March 3, 2015. Voting will take place at the Moffat Library temporary building in Campbell Hall from 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM. The amount of the bond is $6,922,000. An active fundraising campaign has begun and to date $621,000 has been raised. The Library is using $500,000 it has in its capital reserves towards the project. Senator Larkin has secured a state grant of $50,000. In addition, a NYS Library Construction grant has been secured for $62,000. We have also collected $6,750 in private donations and other grants are being pursued. All of this will lower the actual amount that will need to be borrowed as the project progresses. The cost to an individual family/homeowner may be up to $55-$80/year.
– The Board of Trustees of Moffat Library