The Board of Trustees of the Moffat Library has been hard at work this past year planning for the renovation and restoration of our beloved Moffat building.
In September 2012, in anticipation of obtaining titles to the historic Moffat Library building from the Town of Blooming Grove, the Board formed the Building Committee. In March 2013, the building was transferred from the Town to the Moffat Library Board of Trustees.
Throughout 2013, the Library has been gathering input from the public via surveys and focus groups to assess the needs of our community. In addition, throughout the past year the Building Committee visited six different libraries – one new and the others restored, renovated and expanded historic buildings. An initial list of 8 architects with experience working on historic library buildings was collected and reviewed, which resulted in a list of 4 architects, who were then interviewed. Following a further review, two firms with extensive background in historic renovation and library design were selected. At no cost to the library, these two firms were asked to develop conceptual plans to present to the Board.
On October 17, 2013, the Board of Trustees selected the architectural firm of Butler, Rowland and Mays to work on the project. In tandem with this, we are also pleased to announce that in anticipation of the renovation and expansion, we have purchased adjacent parcels. This will greatly aid in the restoration plan, as well as provide space for much needed parking. The Board and Building Committee have been working diligently with the architects to develop conceptual plans for the historic Moffat Library building.
We are on our way towards the goal of returning the Moffat Library to the center of Washingtonville and the building to its original historic beauty and use as a library and community center.
-The Board of Trustees of the Moffat Library of Washingtonville, 2014