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.
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.
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.