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Library Updates

Update on Library Project(s)

Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents

Since our last update, the Library Board authorized a property appraisal of the St. Ursula Property as well as for the current library location. The Board also authorized the hiring of a company to perform an environmental review of the St. Ursula Property, known as SEQRA, for public municipalities.

The board required the appraisal and the information from the SEQRA review to help determine if the St. Ursula Property would be a viable location for a potential new library.

The property appraisal and SEQRA reports were completed and returned to the library in early April. The SEQRA review came back with no additional recommendations or added concerns about the property.

The appraisal report was delivered to the Library Board who is currently working on negotiating terms with the St. Ursula Property representatives. If they can reach a suitable agreement, this would be one of the final pieces of information that will enable the Library Board’s Bond Counsel to make a final determination of the costs for the entire proposed project. Once the Board has this information, they will be able to make a definitive decision about whether or not to present this plan to the community and post a bond referendum date.

The Library Board also approved the hire of Park East Construction Corp. at the May 9 Board meeting. They have been retained to serve as the Library’s Construction Manager and will verify and vet all plans, costs and work to ensure that all information is accurate.

We encourage you to attend our up-coming Library Board Meetings – which will be held on June 13, July 11 and August 8, at 7:00 p.m., in the Library Meeting Room – to remain informed of the Library Board’s action on this important community decision.

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Respectfully,
The Library Board of Trustees
Ronald F. Devine, Jr., President
Susan Kennedy-Smith
Mary Ellen Adams

Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward

Update on Library Project(s)


Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents


As of January 30, the Library learned that the contract to sell the St. Ursula Center to Seafield Treatment Center has been terminated which means that this facility is back on the open market. This information will allow the Library Board to complete their due diligence on this property. As we have informed you, we have taken the initial steps of having BBS Architects do a preliminary cost estimate for turning the Ursuline Center into a library.



The Library Board hopes to have final reports presented to them by mid to end of March to help determine a final plan to propose to the residents of the Bayport-Blue Point Community sometime in 2018.



In order to keep everyone informed of the Library Board’s action, we encourage you to attend our board meetings which will be held on February 8, March 14 and March 28 at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room.



Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kennedy-Smith, President
Mary Ellen Adams
Ronald F. Devine, Jr.
Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward








Update on Library Project(s)


Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents


At the January 10 Board of Trustee’s meeting, BBS, the libraries’ architects, released their final report to the library board. As a reminder, BBS was charged with exploring and comparing our current library with the potential of the St. Ursula Center being made into a library.

This process included an evaluation of our current building and again the feasibility of transforming the convent into a library. A program plan was put together and used to try and compare fitting a 21st century library into both locations.
As this report was handed over to the board to analyze and review, the St. Ursula’s property is currently in contract with another party. The board will continue to monitor the St. Ursula’s site while at the same time work on a plan to address the library’s needs.

We would also like to update you that our February 14 Board Meeting has been moved to February 8 at 7:00 p.m due to a conflict.

BBS View Facility Study

View Feasability Study


Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kennedy-Smith, President
Mary Ellen Adams
Ronald F. Devine, Jr.
Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward











Building Update


Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents


At this time we believe that the St. Ursala Center entered into a contract of sale with Seafield Treatment Center. As many of you already knew, we were in the process of evaluating that property as a potential library location while studying expansion and renovation options for our current facility.The Library Board is continuing to gather information on possible expansion or relocation.


We will continue to keep you informed as we have more information to share in the New Year.



Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kennedy-Smith, President
Mary Ellen Adams
Ronald F. Devine, Jr.
Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward







Building Update


Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents


The Library Board has been doing its due diligence with regard to the exploration of the St. Ursula Center as a proposed library site while at the same time evaluating our current facility.


At the September Board Meeting the Board approved the hiring of Strategic Planning Systems to conduct an independent survey regarding the community’s mindset on the library.


As previously stated, exploration is a lengthy process and the Board is a long way from determining the practicality of a proposal for either site. We are working judiciously to gather the facts needed to make informed decisions.


We will continue to keep you informed as we proceed through the process.



Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kennedy-Smith, President
Mary Ellen Adams
Ronald F. Devine, Jr.
Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward








Building Update




Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents



The library board has been doing its due diligence with regard to the exploration of the St. Ursula’s property as a proposed library site. At the August board meeting the Board of Trustees approved the hiring of BBS Architects, Landscape Architects & Engineers, P.C. to do a feasibility study of both the convent and our current library facility.


As previously stated, exploration is a lengthy process and the board is a long way from determining the practicality of a proposal for either site. We are working judiciously to gather the facts needed to make informed decisions.


We will continue to keep you informed as we proceed through the process.




Respectfully,

The Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kennedy-Smith, President
Mary Ellen Adams
Ronald F. Devine, Jr.
Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward









July 2017 Update


Dear Bayport-Blue Point Library Residents,


The Board of Trustees would like to update our patrons with regard to the potential of the library moving to the St. Ursula Convent. We are a long way from determining if this makes sense for the library and subsequently asking for the community’s support to do so.


At this time Suffolk County Legislators Rob Calarco and Bill Lindsay III have introduced legislation in the Suffolk County Legislature to have an appraisal completed on the property. They have been working with Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley on designating some of the property for recreational purposes and a portion as open space for the Town of Brookhaven. The Library Board, in an effort to be responsive to these actions and to answer many issues that would arise for the library, has voted to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to determine the feasibility and cost of renovating the convent.


As stated previously, there are many issues surrounding the practicality of relocating the library to the convent site. The Library Board is approaching the myriad issues cautiously in an effort to make judicious, well-informed decisions. We will continue to keep you informed as we move along in this process.



Respectfully,
The Library Board of Trustees
Ronald F. Devine, Jr., President
Susan Kennedy-Smith
Mary Ellen Adams

Stephanie Heineman
Kimberly McAward