Update on the Library’s Move to the Armory

Armory 51 North Fifth St Hudson NY 12534Is the Library moving to the Armory?

Yes. Since we last reported on plans to move the library to the Armory (5th St. and State St.) a lot of progress has been made, though a great deal of hard work remains.

The GalVan Initiatives Foundation (see the Register Star article “Nonprofit’s goal: city’s improvement” -12/31/2011) owns the Armory and offered to partner with the Library in the construction of a new library within the Armory in the 10,000 sq. ft. “drill hall”. The GalVan Foundation will make a large contribution towards the construction costs and then lease the space to the library for 30 years at $12 per year.

Since the initial discussions the Board of the Library and GalVan Initiatives Foundation have held numerous meetings to develop a process to carry out this plan. This resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties that was signed in early January 2012. This document describes the responsibilities of each party and the process to achieve the results desired.

When is this supposed to happen? Continue reading

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