Renovation of proposed library headquarters estimated at $750,000

STONY CREEK Officials of the Stony Creek Free Library have estimated that construction work on the vacant United Methodist church building envisioned as a new headquarters will require $750,000 in reconstruction expenditures. According to an estimate submitted to the Southern Adirondack Library System,, the board of directors of the library will need that amount of money for work over the next few years to renovate the church building to host a library. The estimate was cited in the annual report of Library System to the state to give a rough amount of library construction, according to Sarah Dallas, the director of the agency. This is a way of letting the legislature know of public construction needs, she said. In May, when the Adirondack Journal first reported on the proposed conversion of the church building, library president Jill Diamond said that no preliminary estimate existed. However, Dallas said this week that Diamond submitted the estimate March 29. Diamond commented this week on the estimate. So many libraries are in a situation where they dont meet the needs of their patrons, or their buildings have been in existence so many years that they need restoration, she said. It was a ball park estimate, not a cost dollar figure. Were working hard now to figure the cost. Routinely, capital expenses of libraries are paid through a combination of donations, state grants, sponsoring municipalities and allocations from local library budgets. Town and library officials said this week they didnt have access to budgetary figures, but the librarys total 2004 budget, the latest one readily available, was about $40,000. The Town of Stony Creek has allocated $18,500 in 2008 toward the librarys operation. The library logged 2,863 visits during 2006 the most recent figures available. The existing Stony Creek Free Library building was expanded in 1994 with an addition on the rear. This addition and other work modernized the interior and provided handicapped access to the popular library. The stately Greek revival-style United Methodist church building, which is located adjacent to the library and had served as a place of worship from 1859 to 2005, was sold to the library in 2007 by the trustees of the Troy Conference of the United Methodist Church for $5,000. Diamond said in May that the church building is a historic landmark and that the people of Stony Creek would like to save it and not have something negligent happen to it.

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