Carnegie Library To Be Moved July 24

Historic building will be moved at midnight to avoid traffic.

The historic building will be moved from its current Lake Street location in Patchogue and taken to a temporary location near Patchogue Village's sewage treatment plant.

The Library's is the property of the .

The building will be moved at midnight to avoid traffic and potential complications with the hospital across the street, said Village Trustee Tom Ferb and Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri at Monday's Village Board of Trustees meeting.

Ferb said the Library will be secured, boarded up and insured until the final location is confirmed.

Additions to the historic building have since been demolished such as its , but the original section of the building is being preserved.

Will you go watch the Carnegie Library get moved that night? Talk about it in the comments.

Madford Resident June 29, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Give the Carnegie Library building to St. Joseph's College. They could put it where their old baseball field was, now that they opened that beautiful new sports complex. SJC could use the building space and it would go to a great cause (education).
Laura June 29, 2012 at 03:04 PM
this building looks damaged! can it be moved safely?
Laura June 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
so they are moving it so it can sit there for a year or more? I agree we should give it to st. joe's! they would respect it!
David Kennedy June 29, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Hello Laura, I am an organizer for the Friends of the Carnegie Library. Just to let you know both the Village and Tritec have been treating the building with respect and is being moved as not to be in the way of the construction that will be taking place on the site. Leaving it there on the site would be very dangerous to the building. A permanent location for the site has been secured at the corner of West Avenue and Main Street. Currently the Vilage is entertaining proposals from the Patchogue-Medford Library, Plaza Mac Cinema Arts and the Greater Patchogue Historical Society for a use for the building. St. Josephs has not expressed any interest in the building as far as I know, and certainly we at the Friends believe keeping it near Main Street and in the Village is the best option. Of course preparing the permanent site for the building, picking a final user and renovations to the building will take time. Certainly it will be over a year before it is back open to the public, but in the meantime will be protected and secured much better then it has been for years. The building has sat empty for well over a decade, waiting a year or two longer is a small price to pay for restoring this structure as a vital part of Patchogue. Laura, you seem very concerned about this building and hope you join our organization. Please contact us at our Facebook page or send me an email at dmk11772@yahoo.com. We are planning a celebration regarding the move soon.
Laura June 29, 2012 at 05:04 PM
so who is going to move this building again when the final site is ready? who will foot that bill? it's a shame the building looks so damaged! what kind of celebration are you having? please no cupcakes...it's swimsuit season!
David Kennedy June 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Tritec has agreed to move the building a second time at their own cost....and I will make sure any celebration we have includes low calorie options...thanks for the interest!
Laura June 29, 2012 at 05:29 PM
wow! ok! so what happened to the hotel do you happen to know mr. kennedy? a second one is going up in riverhead and the hilton is doing really well there. why can't we get one here? i'm really bummed out about that. so many apartments in patchogue already everywhere you look. why do we need more? a cool hotel would make people want to come here for the weekend and go to fire island or to the patchogue theater and one of the great restaurants on main!
David Kennedy June 29, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Can't answer anything about the hotel...my endeavors have focused on saving the Carnegie Library, but agree a nice Hotel in town would be great!
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Laura: Hotel was cut due to economy. Story about that from Sept. 2010 is here: http://patchogue.patch.com/articles/plan-changed-for-former-sweezeys-site
Laura June 29, 2012 at 06:57 PM
wow patchogue has really become an apartment dumping ground huh! someone's making a pretty penny off patchogue. what a shame! with all the cool restaurants and beaches and music venues in the area we could set our sights higher than this!
Laura June 29, 2012 at 07:38 PM
how did you get that little face to pop out of your cheek? cool!
Carol Reitz-Butler July 01, 2012 at 07:57 PM
No cupcakes! That would be too sad!
feduponbay July 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
yes, and now mascot dock will never have boat slips again, the only village on the south shore that does not have municipal dockage.. Thanks, MAyor and the rest of the corrupt board...
Lee July 15, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Hey Laura, We had an election in this village and Paul, his running mates and Tritec won. Their awful plan of six buildings full of apartments won. Of the small number of people who turned out to vote, the majority voted for this awful plan. There is a lawsuit that is trying, AGAIN, to stop this plan. Everyone wants something to be done with "the corner"...but not six apartment buildings. I have been posting this message for months, but there are still many defenders of the apartments. Go figure! Keep posting!
Joseph Adriano July 16, 2012 at 01:58 PM
The Village should have negotiated with Tritec to leave the Carnegie Library where it was and incorporate in into the plan. Add that to the long list of "should haves" with this bad project. Patchogue is becoming an overdeveloped concrete jungle. Thank God for community activists like John Bogack or this building would have been dust like so many other historic buildings we have lost to power and greed.
John Bogack July 16, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Thanks Joe for the comments but please remember there have been a whole lot of people working to keep the library preserved not just me. The move was a done deal. The library presently sits right in the middle of the central piece of ground that Tritic wants to develop and there was no way that the village could have negotiated anything more than what they did. The village did negotiate a move to a new location. Tritec, the owner of the building, still plans on deeding that building over to the new end user whomever that turns out to be. The building is going to have to be moved twice it turns out because a land deal for the proposed court site has not been worked out and Tritec is on board with doing that too. In a better world it would have been nice if the library could have stayed. In a better world I would have liked to have seen a hotel on that site too. But we do not live in a perfect world and we have to live with the options that truly exist. Now let's all pray that buildiing makes it to its emergency site in one piece so that it can get to its final site and serve as a beacon to historical preservation for another hundred years.
Joseph Adriano July 16, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Why is there such a delay in getting the County to agree? I thought Colarco was going to make it happen quickly. I don't see that building surviving 2 moves but I hope I'm wrong. Also did Tritec agree to financing both moves?
John Bogack July 16, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Joe, when the idea of the land swap or grant came up Leg. Calarco said it could take up to a year to work out all the details. There is Tritec, the village, the court system, various county agencies and finally the Legislature and the County Executive all have to sign off as well. Doesn't sound like a quick process to me. Plus various tests still have to be made at the property to determine water levels and possible contamination from sources unknown and those tests have not yet been done. Tritec, the village has said, is in agreement on the second move. There is a grant from which Tritec can draw to reimburse itself. It must put money out front first for the move for example then later get paid back. So thankfully there is some money there and it can be used to take into account that two moves instead of one that has become needed.
Joseph Adriano July 16, 2012 at 03:54 PM
So the Village is not laying out any money for either move. That's one plus. I guess we would know anyway because the trustees would have to vote on any transfer of Village funds. Thanks John.
John Bogack July 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM
The pot of money is not unlimited and there are some expenses that the village will have to pay for. For example I understand that once the building gets to its temporary site that there will be costs with insuring the building, closing it up and making sure it does not get damaged. The big issue for the villlage is that it does not want to get saddled with the costs of rehab and running a building for the indefinite future. That would be something in the millions of dollars. Proposals for end use have gone out to three potential end users and while the move is going on, and land negotiations are going on, the village has got to settle on an end user too. So the village does have some costs but so far those costs are not major ones and if all the cards are played out right the big tickets costs will be accepted by another party in exchange for the building and perhaps the land it is finally sited on.
Joseph Adriano July 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I meant moving costs specifically. I'm relieved tritec is covering all moving related costs for both moves. That's one plus.
steven July 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM
So when is the big party celebration for the library move? Where and when? Is it one week from tomorrow?
David Kennedy July 16, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Details to be announced in a blog tomorrow...stay tuned
Laura July 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
wow! ok! looks like we will finally preserve some history in patchogue! cool.
Lee July 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Hey Joe, Have you learned that Tritec cannot be trusted?


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