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Patchogue’s Carnegie Library moves 300 feet to permanent home

The 105-year-old Carnegie Library in Patchogue was moved

The 105-year-old Carnegie Library in Patchogue was moved about 100 yards from behind Suffolk County District Court and placed next to the structure near the corner of West Main Street and West Avenue. (July 17, 2013). Credit: Newsday Jeffrey Basinger

The century-old Carnegie Library found a permanent home yesterday — roughly 300 feet away in the same parking lot where it has sat since last summer.

The 2,300-square-foot historic building, which has been unoccupied for years, was moved from behind Suffolk County District Court and placed next to the structure near the corner of West Main Street and West Avenue.

“The fact that we can keep the building operating as a library is good,” said Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri. “It’s part of the preservation of the village’s history.”

The Patchogue-Medford Library will use the 400,000-ton Carnegie building as a youth center with tutoring, research and after school programs for local students, village officials said.

“It’s interesting to watch,” 33-year village resident Reid Bielecki said of the move.

Village trustee Jack Krieger called it “another great day in Patchogue.”

Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated the funds to construct the neoclassical structure, which opened in 1908. A village landmark, it stopped being used as a library in 1980. Briarcliffe College then took it over, officials said, but the building has been vacant since 1998.

The structure was originally moved last August to make room for the construction of the $100 million TRITEC development, New Patchogue Village.

The East Setauket developer, which spent half-million dollars on relocating the library, continues to work on the project, which is expected to revitalize and anchor downtown.
It is scheduled for completion next July, said chief operating officer Rob Loscalzo.

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