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Talk Back: What Would You Want to See In Carnegie Library?

Plaza MAC, Historical Society, Pat-Med Library all want in on Carnegie Library, who do you want in there?

Three potential uses for the were pitched to community members that attended Wednesday night's .

The would like to use the space to teach media classes.

would like to use the space as a Young Adult center.

And the Greater Patchogue Historical Society would like to use it to have a physical presence in Patchogue and to place their inventory of local history.

More potential choices may emerge in the future, but for now, which of these three would you like to see in Carnegie Library? Or do you have another idea? Or just dislike all three?

Tell us in the Poll below and in the Comments section.

Madford Resident May 03, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Donate the building to St. Joseph's College. They can definately use the building for classrooms & offices. It would fit perfectly where the old baseball filed is not that they opened up their new athletic complex.
David Kennedy May 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Very Interesting idea, Madford...but it does currently appear a location for the building has been secured and three very viable proposals to utilize the building were made last night at our Summit. I will be blogging a synopsis of this meeting soon, but it appears fairly certain the Library will be located at or near the corner of West Avenue and Main Street on Suffolk County Property adjacent the Court Building, thanks to the efforts of County Legislator Rob Calarco. It's not 100% yet (I'd say 80% is a good guess) but it is good to keep the ideas coming since the possibility of alternative plans may arise. What is most encouraging is that saving the Carnegie Library has generated near unanimous support from all our elected officials and residents alike. Thanks again for your comments
Joseph LoSchiavo May 04, 2012 at 04:25 AM
As a nearby neighbor I have fond memories of going to then library when I was a kid,(btw, this is no admission of my age). What a great center for kids that would be. A real Youth Center. I think that would not only be good for the youngsters, but it would be highly desirable for the community.
squander n. blunderbush May 04, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I can only hope that, now Tritec is set to demolish the old Swezeys.....they do not make a "mistake" with their bulldozers....such as what happened at the Elks, when the statue of the elk was inadvertently destroyed. I think deployment of a few Carnegie Library Lovers on the day of demolition might be a Very Good Idea! .
Esther Glass May 04, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I think it would be appropriate for the Library to become the home of the Historical Society of Patchogue and area.
jimmy murphy May 04, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Has this building been tested for asbestos? It can’t be moved or demolished unless all asbestos has been removed and documented with the NY State department of Labor. The same goes for the Swezey’s building. They cannot legally demolish it unless every asbestos fiber is removed and the building has a clean bill of health. If they do not do that they are jeopardizing the public health and will be subject to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. John Bogack, what do you know about this?
Paul R. Baker May 04, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Home for the Historical Society of Patchogue is a logical choice. Turning it into a museum/research place,where artifacts and papers could be properly stored makes sense.
Bob May 05, 2012 at 02:15 AM
All those buildings on the tritec site must be loaded with asbestos considering their age! I hope Tritec plans the asbestos removal very carefully for the sake of our health and well being! Asbestos is very dangerous and cannot be taken lightly. Any "disturbance" to an asbestos filled building (like a move or of course a demo) would require 100 percent asbestos removal. You cannot demolish an asbestos filled building without removal first. Jimmy you are right on the money.
John Bogack May 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Just some quick responses to the various issues raised so far by others. Asbestos: I do not believe that a complete test of the building has been made yet. Tritec and Village officials know full well the tests must be made and all asbestos removed if found and done safely. St Joseph's site: the adminstration of the college has not signaled any interest in moving the college to their property. If they were interested they can participate in the public request process that will occur. Just like everyone else they will have to account in their planning for somewhere between three quarter of a milion dollars, perhaps twice that amount, for code upgrades and historical restoration of the building in exchange for ownership of the buliding. If interested they have plenty of time to do so. Damage control: the engineering firm that has looked at the building has repeatedly stated the building is in good shape to be moved. Everyone is aware of its historical past and the need for making sure it is moved without damaging anything. There will be plenty of eyes on the ground watching the move when it occurs. Tritic and the Village both know that all eyes will be on them to make sure the move is safe and sound. More comments: next post.
John Bogack May 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I also want to say something about the various end uses of the building. In the end only one gets to be chosen. Those of us involved in the preservation effort are glad that there are organizations out there that do want to make use of the building in the future but I have been wondering if there isn't a way, someday, to give the village all three visions. Our village will certainly benefit from new library space for young adults. So too would it benefit from a media arts school that would bring in tens of thousands of visitors to the village annually. As well it would be a great idea, wonderful advance, if at long last there was a historical museum that would also being in thousands if not more to the village. All three of these proposals would enhance Patchogue village by serving the present, and saving the past. I for one am going to advocate and do what I can to see all three of these visions become real even though I know that the Carnegie library can become home to only one. There are other spaces in the village that can accomodate these ideas, or there will be other spaces built for example at New Village. It's been said time and time again that the village needs to incubate the arts, encourage respect for its history, care for the education of its children. In these three visions for the future all three of those goals could be realized. We have got to figure out a way to make that happen.
Lee May 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Hi John, I think that the beautiful, abandoned building that was Brookhaven Town Hall ( I think? ), just passed the railroad track on South Ocean Ave. is the answer to your dreams. I'm glad that I'm not the only dreamer!!
Pat Beedenbender May 07, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I like the idea of the Greater Patchogue Historical Society. A place to look and learn about our history. There are so many great photos out there, it would be great to know the stories that go along with them.
jimmy murphy May 08, 2012 at 01:29 AM
John, how in the world is the Carnegie Library going to be moved in 6-8 weeks if there has not been an asbestos abatement yet? They have a lot of work to do and I don’t even think they have tested yet, let alone begun the asbestos removal process. Same goes for the Swezey building. Tritec should not be given the go ahead for any disturbance to either building until the abatements are completed and the Department of Labor has inspected the buildings. I hope Village and Tritec are not trying to cut any corners here. The health of our children and grandchildren is at stake!
John Bogack May 08, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Jimmy, I do not think that there is absestos problem that has been confirmed. I will do my best to find out more about this issue and report back. I agree with you otherwise: if there is asbestor it must go, everyone's health needs to be protected. Removal should be done safely, Trtiec should take it's time to get the job done right. Lee: the former building that was Brookhaven Town Hall and that would make a great musuem is now the target of private acquisition by a prospective owner who apparently would like to convert the building to office use. If that deal falls through then yes the building that you pointed out as a good museum site would then be back in the running as a prospective site. Time will tell.
steven May 09, 2012 at 01:31 AM
ALL those buildings Tritec acquired have asbestos. I’m sure the addition to the library has it too. I’m sure they thought about this long, long ago and made all the plans for removal before the buildings are demolished or moved. What’s the hold up with this?
Tom Ferb May 09, 2012 at 11:25 AM
An asbestos assessment has been conducted by Tritec for both the library and for the Swezey’s building. I’ve seen the engineer’s report on the library. All asbestos will be removed before demolition by a certified contractor. 31 West Main Street had a substantial amount of asbestos which was removed before renovation (note, not encapsulated but removed).
mike lewis May 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM
what about making it a parking lot????we need extra parking
janfred August 08, 2012 at 05:07 PM
An historic society would be a great asset, as there are grants and funding that can be secured by our having one. We could apply for Heritage grants that would help fund archiving Patchogue's rich Historical past. It could document homes that are still standing to be historic building and document their history and apply for preservation funding. Patchogue has a rich deep basin of Fishing /boat making/bootlegging History. We could apply to be a heritage area. we just need to document and preserve our past. A heritage trail destination !

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