By Eugenia Moskowitz
Blooming Grove/Washingtonville Chamber of Commerce president Rick Lewis referred to the renovation going on in the center of the village as “the summer of Washingtonville.”
A huge construction site is located in the village at the intersection of routes 208 and 94, filled with heavy machinery and rubble. The Route 208/Moodna Bridge is gone and the towering crane, jokingly known among Washingtonville residents as “the skyscraper,” will soon shift new bridge pieces into place. The bridge is scheduled to reopen on Aug. 17.
Between work on the bridge and the renovation of the Moffat Library, one resident walking by, who declined to give his name, said: “It’s hard to imagine how Washingtonville will look when the bridge is done, or when the library is finished. But it’s a start.”
By Sept. 2017 the Moffat Library will be expanded and landscaped with walking paths and shade trees. However, right now, the original building’s footprint is currently visible with the removal of the east wing addition, a statement from the library said. The three additions to the original 1887 building were the areas most affected by water damage from Hurricane Irene in 2011.
The former Town of Blooming Grove recreation office addition on the east side of the building was the hardest hit. That addition has now been removed and the original brick structure is visible from Route 208. The other two additions on the west side of the building, which were badly damaged from roof leaks, are mostly gone, as well.
The non-original asbestos roofing tiles have been removed and remediated, and the roof is ready to receive its new long-lasting slate tiles, which was the roofing material used when it was originally built. The carriage house has been moved to the far west side of the property. The new parking lot will also be on that side.
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