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Jun 17, 2019 7:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Montauk Library Expansion Expected To Start This Fall

An ocean view terrace is slated to be constructed at the Montauk Library. COURTESY GALLIN BEELER DESIGN STUDIO
Jun 18, 2019 2:14 PM

It’ll be business as usual for the Montauk Library this summer after receiving voters’ go-ahead for a major expansion and renovation of the 28-year-old library building.

Montauk voters approved the proposition at the 2019-20 Montauk School budget vote in May, authorizing the Montauk Library to issue bonds for $7.5 million to renovate and expand the library, with a final vote of 245 in favor and 81 against.

The next step in the process is to fine-tune the designs and send final prints to the State Education Department for approval, according to Denise DiPaolo, the library director. That phase likely will take the summer to complete.

“We received some terrific suggestions and recommendations from the public during our many community input sessions over the past months,” Ms. DiPaolo said recently.

“It’s very exciting,” she added. “The enthusiasm we’re receiving from our patrons and community members is invaluable. So many opportunities on the horizon.”

After the library receives approval from the State Education Department this summer, the bid process will begin in the fall, with construction slated to begin this December. A late fall 2020 opening date is targeted for the new building.

The current library building opened its doors almost 30 years ago and has served the community well, Ms. DiPaolo said, but a recent transformation in library services and an increase in use necessitated a reorganization and expansion to meet changing needs. The renovation and expansion project will expand the space and better serve patrons and address efficiency, safety and accessibility issues, she said.

“We’re delighted to begin this significant project to deliver a new facility with the improved space and services to best serve Montauk, not only for today but for the future,” said Library Board President Joan Lycke.

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