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Village Approves Carnegie Library Foundation Bidding

Dep. Mayor estimates early spring construction of the foundation.

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.

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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.

What are your thoughts on Carnegie Library's upcoming future on the Sixth District Court property? Write about it in the comments.

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jared March 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM
this is wonderful news. where on the 6th dist court property is the foundation going to be built? Will it be facing main street when it is settled on its foundation?
Nancy Mason March 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM
that's a wonderful idea, will they be removing the bus stop from that area
paul mcfarlane March 13, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I second the sentiments of jared. The story never does state where the library's new home will be. I know it's too late to lobby, but it would be great if it faces Main Street, or least gets some other prominent site. If the new home is a side street, perhaps a historical marker can be placed on Main Street, directing visitors to the new site.
Campbell Dalglish March 13, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Great news. Glad to hear this is getting underway. All the best to all parties involved. Campbell Dalglish, President Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) March 13, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Hi Jared and Paul, the story does say where the library's new home will be. In the first sentence it says the foundation will be built on the property of the Sixth District Court (which is where the building is staying). The last sentence, which links to an earlier article posted, describes the building's layout and that it will face toward Main Street. Thanks for asking though and if there are any other questions I'll gladly clear them up.
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) March 13, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Nancy: There are no plans that I have heard of involving the removal of the bus stop.
John Bogack March 13, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Jared,the library building will be facing main street although I understand that access will be from around back. It is good news. It really wasn't that long ago that community concerns were that the building was going to be demolished and all the history it represented lost in the rubble of the new history that is occuring in our present time of a revitalized village growing by leaps and bounds. Every group who helped deserves praise. The Mayor and the Board for deciding it would not fall. Tritec who bought the building and then turned it over to the village and committed grant funds to moving it. Leg. Rob Calarco in particular who came up with the idea of moving it to the court land and then moved heaven and earth to get the County and the Court Administration to sign off on all the various legal approvals. The Patchogue Medford Library system for having the guts to come forward and take ultimate responsibility for fixing the building and paying for it. The citizens of Patchogue Village who organized under the banner of the Friends of Carnegie Library Committee to advocate that the library not be forgotten. The Patchogue Historical society for joining in that cause too. In sum the kind of coalition that shows just what can happen when our village is united at all levels because there is a common cause. Something good that began at the end of the 19th Century still chugging along doing good in the 21st. I think Andrew Carnegie would be proud.
BriGuy March 14, 2013 at 09:58 PM
This is great news! While the building was never really in danger of being demolished (it became a mildly politicized issue during that cesspool of smear campaign last year), it may not have seen such a bright future as it is now. This landmark building came perilously close to becoming privately owned. Go through the village board minutes and you'll read Trustee Crean go on record saying that it should be turned over to private individuals who would make it a restaurant or something similar. Let's all be thankful that never came to fruition and that this historic building will continue on fulfilling its intended purpose: to be utilized by the community as they see fit. Not to be a cool backdrop for fat cats stuffing their faces with filet mignon. Good job Leg. Calarco, Mayor Paul, John Bogack, and all the concerned citizens who fought against demolition and privatization!

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