Question & Answer, Week of January 26
How will the Library sustain and maintain an enlarged Library building?
When we were looking at different design concepts with the architects, we were very cognizant of keeping future costs to a minimum. The open floor plan design we chose enables minimal staff to monitor multiple areas. In addition, by installing new energy efficient building systems, we can minimize energy costs and maintenance. This design plan was developed with an eye towards keeping the cost of constructing the building down, keeping future maintenance and staff costs down and maximizing the use of the space to provide the community with the services it depends on.
Question & Answer, Week of January 19
What is a School District Public Library?
The Moffat Library is considered a “School District Library,” because it serves the same residents of Blooming Grove, Hamptonburgh and New Windsor that are served by the Washingtonville Central School District. However, the Library is independent of the school system and relies on residents voting on its own separate budget every year.
Historic Moffat Building Design Plan Completed!
After gathering input from the community and months of discussions with our building committee, staff and community members, our architects Paul Mays and Meghan Brennen have completed the schematic design work. The plans are available for viewing at the Moffat Library’s temporary Route 208 building in Campbell Hall.
Our renovated and expanded building will include the following features:
Community meeting room for 64 people
Small conference room for tutoring or home office meetings
Teen gathering area
Expanded children’s room
Children’s craft/program room
Kitchenette for event use
Improved access to technology for the whole community
Energy saving mechanicals
Glassed-in area for pleasant adult reading section
Park-like landscaped setting
Local history display and research area
Friends of the Moffat Library sale area
Much background work has also been going on. Members of the Library Board have met with the Washingtonville School Superintendent, Robbie Greene, to share the goals and plans for the renovation. She expressed her enthusiasm for the return of Moffat Library to the village and discussed opportunities for the school and the library to partner on consolidated services to achieve cost savings. Professional firms have been brought in to evaluate the property, search for hazardous materials that might be encountered, and assess the structural integrity of the Moffat building. The firm of U.W. Marx has been hired as construction manager for the project. They have extensive experience in library and historic building projects.
A fundraising campaign has begun and grants are being applied for which will help defray some of the costs. To date we have raised $505,000. Our financial advisors have indicated that, on an average house in our area, with a fair market value of $250,000-300,000, the yearly cost will be $55-80 per household. The library will be seeking to borrow up to $6,922,000. Any additional amounts we are able to raise will reduce the final amount we actually need to borrow. The library website has information explaining how you can make a contribution. The total cost for the project is expected to be $7,422,000.
We are very excited by the prospect of returning to our unique, historic Moffat Building; to again achieving the vision set forth by our original benefactor, David Moffat, and to bring a vital asset back to the village of Washingtonville.
- The Board of Trustees of the Moffat Library, October 2014
Click below to see plans for historic Moffat Library building:
DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO HISTORIC MOFFAT BUILDING PROJECT