City library may have temporary space

Could move to center for regional growth in March

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Public Library is looking at a possible March move to its temporary space at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth.

Library Director Barbara Madonna said the library’s plans are currently in the hands of the state Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The agency needs to do a review of the library’s plans since two grants were given to the library through the governor’s economic development awards.

Madonna said the plans will likely go out to bid in January, with bids awarded at the end of February or early March.

“They have to do a review before we can put it out to bid,” she said. “We are hoping to have that back mid-January.”

The more than 100-year-old building will undergo renovations on every floor. They include turning the basement into a children’s area with a teen room, and installing new heating and cooling systems, including replacing the building’s boiler. The library will become handicapped-accessible with an elevator and will provide a better layout for wheelchairs and strollers, library officials say.

The plan is to move out of the library for about two years. The library is 104 years old, has never been renovated, and doesn’t meet most codes.

The library will be moving into part of the 35,000-square-foot CRG building, but renovations on that space will need to be completed before the library can move in.

A sprinkler system will need to be installed in the area being used as the children’s room and items such as carpeting will be put down and more electricity will be needed for the computers.

“Hopefully we are going to be moving in March,” Madonna said.

Madonna said the library is currently interviewing moving companies to get quotes.

Fundraising for the project is continuing.

Madonna said a grant from the New York State  Public Library Construction program that was put in this year has been awarded in the amount of $212,211 for renovations to the basement.

She said the library also recently learned that some left-over money from that program has given the library an extra $11,766.

Madonna said that NYSERDA additionally informed the library last week that $13,000 in rebate incentives have been set aside for the project.

“That was from the CFA application we submitted in 2014,” she said.

Madonna said the library is currently working with a local bank to handle financing, since most of the grants on the project are reimbursable.

“Even though we’ve raised these multi-millions of dollars, what we have in the bank won’t cover the bills we have to pay the contractors, then submit for reimbursement.”

The Gloversville Library Foundation will be taking out a bridge loan to cover the costs before reimbursement.

Kerry Minor covers Gloversville. She can be reached at kminor@leaderherald.com.

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