Community Input Requested for Jefferson Market Library Restoration
The Jefferson Market Library, one of the Village’s and New York’s greatest landmarks, has been covered in scaffolding for two years to protect the public from the building’s deteriorating façade. More than $2 million has been allocated for renovation of the library by former City Council Member Tom Duane and current City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, though the library currently does not plan to use any of that money to repair the facade of the building. Questions have been raised about whether the library’s current plans are the best way the money could be spent.
Council Speaker Quinn, who will have a big say over how the money is allocated and who has expressed a great deal of concern about the project, is reaching out to the public asking for feedback about the renovation, particularly regarding the current plans vs. the need for exterior repairs. GVSHP has expressed serious concerns about the condition of the façade deteriorating further without action soon, and the fact that deferred maintenance may lead to more time and money needed to restore the façade.
GVSHP has also supplied the library with a list of potential additional funding sources for exterior repairs to the building and offered to help in any way to advocate for additional funding if necessary. CLICK HERE for coverage of the library renovation from the Villager.
Next : 08/27/07