Babylon Town will spend up to $1.75 million for roof and window work in the first year of a multiyear reconstruction of Town Hall Annex.
The town board authorized the bond issue Tuesday.
Further renovations will be made to the heating system and, finally, the interior of what might be some of the least glamorous office space in the town — described by Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer as “a very tired, worn facility that gets used 24 hours a day, seven days a week by not only town employees but a number of community groups.”
Built in the late 1950s, Schaffer said, the building once housed Phelps Lane Elementary School, part of the North Babylon school district. Facing declining enrollment, the district sold the building to the town in 1987 for $900,000.
A number of town offices have been based there. Current tenants include Environmental Control, Public Safety, Human Services, the Youth Bureau, the Fire Marshal, Long Island Green Homes, and Drug and Alcohol Services. Some employees have worked there for decades.
Under a provision of the deal, the district had a 25-year option to buy the building back if it needed more space. As a result, Schaffer said, “The town didn’t invest a lot of money into the infrastructure.”
Councilwoman Jacqueline Gordon said that during one event she attended in the gym, the sound of rainwater falling from the roof into garbage cans on the floor made it almost impossible to hear the speaker.
“It’s not that, like, we just want a pretty building,” she said. “That building is in poor condition.”