A foundation will soon be built for the Carnegie Library's new location on the property of the Sixth District Court in Patchogue, as the Patchogue Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously to have the Village go out to bid for its construction during their Monday meeting at Patchogue Village Hall.
The building was moved to a temporary location on the court property last August, and Dep. Mayor Jack Krieger said the foundation is expected to be built by early spring.
"We have an agreement with the library that the Village will pay for the construction of the foundation and the library will reimburse the Village," Krieger said.
Village Attorney Brian Egan said Tritec Real Estate Company will pay for the construction of a slab basement as per its New Village obligations. Egan said that the Patchogue-Medford Library, who was awarded the building in August, is interested in expanding that slab to a full basement to preserve the building's architectural integrity. The library will ultimately pay the excess amount above Tritec's obligation to make that happen.
Krieger and Egan said the Village will be paying first because it is less expensive and it is easier for the transfer of the property from Suffolk County.
Suffolk County's obligation is to give Patchogue Village a clean slate on the property, Egan said.
Krieger said that tests of the grounds have been done, and there is no contamination of the soil. Egan said there was one oil tank remediated by Suffolk County.
Krieger said Monday that if all goes smoothly the Carnegie Library will be moved onto the foundation this summer.
The vote for the bid went 3-0 with trustees Gerard Crean, Joseph Keyes and William Hilton voting. Trustees Lori Devlin and Tom Ferb were not in attendance. Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri was absent from the meeting due to recovering from knee surgery, leading to Krieger filling in.
Patchogue-Medford Library has previously stated they intend to use the Carnegie Library as an expansion of their young adult section.
Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco previously said that the building layout plan is for the library to face Main Street, with the front even with the courthouse.
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