What’s Happening with the new library?
August 22, 2017:
Site preparation for the laying of the new library’s foundation is now well underway–as anyone passing the site can attest. And though the initial sight of trees being removed is indeed jarring, rest assured the trustees, with input from their professional team, took great pains to alter the setting as little as practically possible.
Trustee Ellen-Mary O’Brien addressed some concerns voiced recently on the Goshen Facebook page:
The trees were all inspected by an arborist and our engineer. There were many trees that weren’t healthy and needed to go. Many others were growing where the driveway and parking lot will go. Still a few more would be injured beyond repair during the construction of our new sewer pipe and to prevent them falling dead at a later date they were removed now.
We were very careful about preserving as many as we could. It is jarring to see so many trees gone all at once. This was very thoughtfully and carefully done. Once the construction is finished we will be planting some new trees on the grounds too.
Sorry for the shock of it.
Ellen-Mary O’Brien, Trustee
Goshen Public Library and Historical Society
August 15, 2017
The Library is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded a second grant in the amount of $105,936 from the New York State Education Department’s Division of Library Development. The funds from this latest grant will be applied toward the construction of the building’s geothermal well system, a sustainable “green” technology that will also save the Library on utility costs in the long-term. This award brings the total amount of DLD grant funding for the building project to $160,936! The Library is in the process of applying for a third construction grant (details to follow).
Thank you to all of our local representatives for understanding the importance of the public library in the community, and for continuing to support libraries locally and throughout the state!
On April 5th, 2017
Prestige Building Company razed an abandoned building on the Library’s site in Salesian Park. Click on right side of image to view more.
Representatives from the Goshen Public Library and Historical Society made a presentation at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning. Attendees at the breakfast were shown the latest renderings of the new Library which will be built at Salesian Park. Ellen-Mary O’Brien Library Trustee presented on behalf of the Library. Mrs. O’Brien spoke about the 20,400 square foot Library with its one hundred person capacity community room, space for the Friends of the Library, dedicated teen space and a second floor dedicated to a children’s area.
Library representatives in attendance were: Norma Nunez-Langlois, President Board of Trustees, Ellen-Mary O’Brien, Trustee, Matthew Gomm, Library Director, Carol Cullen, Clerk of the Board. Bill Troy Co-Chair of the Goshen Library Foundation Fundraising Committee.
The timeline for the construction of the new Library begins with the demolition of the former nuns’ quarters, the structure which sits to the left of the entrance to the park. This demolition is scheduled to begin within the next few weeks. Also happening within the next week is drilling for the test well for the Geothermal System. Groundbreaking for the new Library is expected to be in May a date has not been finalized at this time and completion of the new Library is expected to be in the fall of 2018.
In the upcoming weeks you will notice construction activity at the future library location. The low-slung gray building–long-abandoned Salesian sisters’ quarters–located on the east side of the entry drive will be razed. Following demolition, the foundation will be back-filled and the area prepared for future parking and Park egress. Our architects had previously explored the possibility of utilizing the existing structure for additional storage space, but the extent of deterioration meant renovation would be cost-prohibitive.
We apologize for any temporary inconvenience this work may have on short-term access to the park.
Although it may seem like all’s quiet at Salesian Park, progress toward your new, state-of-the-art library is moving along apace! Over the summer the state-mandated archaeological site survey was completed. And although the site has a number of features interesting to local historians, there was nothing sufficiently important indicated in the archeologist’s final report that would impede progress on the delivery of a new building. Please see the Times-Herald Record’s article here…