Building Project

Melville Site Improvements 9/5/18

The Melville building’s parking lot is complete. Come by and check it out!

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Project Progress 8/31/18

Design documents from our architects, Peter Gisolfi Associates, arrived today.

Melville Parking Lot 7/31/18

As promised, site improvements at the Melville building have started. When visiting the library, please park across the street at Sunquam Elementary School. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Meeting with the Architect

On April 25, architects from Peter Gisolfi Associates spent the day with staff members from each department to discuss their dreams and plans for the new building and the future of the HHH Library. Staff members provided insight on programming, library usage and collection development. Additionally, staff members gave suggestions regarding the preliminary drawings and changes. The architects will continually revise the drawings to incorporate input from staff members.

On May 17, the public met with architect Peter Gisolfi. Drawings of the new building were presented and residents had to the opportunity to provide suggestions and input on what they want for the new library.

New Building Update – July 11, 2018

Drawings of the new library have been submitted to New York State Education Department for approval. As mentioned at our public meetings, the process can take 6 to 18 months for approval. In the meantime, we are prepping to move to an alternate location as soon as possible so that site work at 55 Vanderbilt Parkway can begin.

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Melville Site Improvements Update

On June 18, your Board of Trustees approved plans for site improvements to Melville to begin this summer. John Tanzi Architects have been hired to execute the approved drawings below. Plan to see upgrades to the parking lot including curbs, sidewalks, book drop, signage, landscaping and lighting.

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Your Library Board of Trustees


FAQs

Q. How will a new library benefit the community?
The current library was built in the 1960s. There are technological and structural advances that this building can no longer accommodate. Our community deserves the best, most up-to-date library building, featuring:

  • Fully accessible for all – ADA compliant
  • Elevator available for public use
  • Wider book rows
  • Modern restroom facilities
  • Safe sidewalks and stairs
  • More meeting rooms
  • Quiet study rooms
  • Comfortable seating areas
  • Flexible space for children, teens and adults
  • Technology advancements such as meshed Wi-Fi and digital check-in for meetings
  • More room for digital makerspace/classroom

Q. How much will this cost?
The bond proposal for $14,500,000 will cost a typical household $3.85 per month, less than $1 a week. This equates to $46.20 per year. Stop by the Reference Desk to discover how much it will cost you.

Q. Where will the new library be located?
The new library will be built to meet your needs at its current location at 55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills.

Q. How will this affect me?
This decision will have little effect on your library use. We will continue to offer A+ services and programs to library patrons from a fully staffed alternate location and our Melville building.

Q. Where will the library relocate during construction?
The library will relocate to a fully staffed alternate location during construction, and our Melville Branch will be open.

Q. What are the plans for the Melville Branch?
The Trustees voted to commit funds from capital reserves to improve our Melville Branch. Look for interior and parking lot upgrades as well as a lovely outdoor reading space for all ages.

Melville Plan

Q. How long until the new library is built?
The first phase is delivering final detailed drawings to the NYS Education Department (SED). After SED approval, bids will be received for work. After this phase, the library will move to a temporary location for approximately 15-18 months while construction takes place. The entire process could take from 2½ to 3 years from Oct. 3, 2017.

Q. Who is the architect?
Peter Gisolfi Associates is an award-winning firm of architects known for the design of public and academic libraries, campuses, municipal buildings, hotels and restaurants.

Q. Where will my kids go after school?
We are committed to providing continuous access to library services for all students in the district.

Q. Will there be more parking?
Yes, we are working with the architects to increase the amount of parking spaces that our property will allow which would be from 12-20 additional spaces.


Average Cost

How much will this cost?

The bond proposal for $14,500,000 will cost a typical household $3.85 per
month, less than $1 a week. This equates to $46.20 per year.

Use the formula, stop by the Reference Desk or visit the websites
below if you’d like to learn approximately how much it will cost you.

If you live in the Town of Babylon the multiplier is .55 cents. A home assessed
at $6,000 will pay $33.00/year or $2.75/month (60 .55). https://goo.gl/No7qXb

If you live in the Town of Huntington the multiplier is .77 cents. A home assessed at $6,000 will pay $46.20/year or $3.85/month (60 .77). https://goo.gl/47r3Yj


Dear Residents

Helen M. Crosson, Library Director

Imagine your family enjoying a public library for the 21st century.

Imagine a building with energy efficiency built-in, a place for reading, learning, exercising, music, recording, creating and gathering.

Imagine a space filled with natural light and plenty of spaces for simultaneous meetings, classes and workshops.

Imagine children, parents and grandparents sharing stories and crafts, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Imagine state-of-the-art technology to meet your needs today and tomorrow.

Please attend community meetings and discover how you can get the public libraries you deserve in Dix Hills and Melville.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please contact me at 631-421-5940 or email me at hcrosson@hhhlibrary.org.

Hope to catch you reading,
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Helen M. Crosson, Library Director


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