Schenectady County Moves Closer to Construction of New $2.6 Million Mont Pleasant Branch Library
“We are extremely excited to bring this new Branch Library to the Mont Pleasant neighborhood,” said Rich Patierne, Chair of the County Legislature’s Committee on Libraries and Education. “The support from our funding partners has been tremendous and a clear sign that the community is embracing this new branch that will have a positive impact on the neighborhood, our families, and the future success of our youth.”
The new library is being built next door to the current library branch on the site of the former Chubby’s Pizza and an adjacent derelict parcel. The County recently took control of the site from the City IDA and demolished this notorious building that had more than 500 police calls in 2016. The current branch lacks adequate space, parking, handicap access and other amenities needed to host a modern branch library and literacy center. Once completed, the current branch will be demolished for expanded library parking. Legislators also believe the new library branch will serve as a catalyst for additional development on Crane Street.
“We have seen the positive impact that investments in a new building like this can have on the neighborhood,” said Gary Hughes, Chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Economic Development. “This project is replacing blighted buildings with a new positive direction for the Crane Street business corridor.”
The total cost of the new branch is estimated at $2.6 million, with the Schenectady County Legislature committing $1.6 million and the remainder being contributed by community supporters (list on following page). The County and Library staff are also submitting additional grant fund requests that if approved would offset costs to the County.
Schenectady County Public Library New Mont Pleasant Branch supporters:
|Library Board of Trustees
|Friends of the Library
|Wright Family Foundation
|The Little Foundation
|Neil and Jane Golub
|The Schenectady Foundation
|Esther Swanker (former Library Board President)
|NYS Library Construction Fund
“The new Mont Pleasant branch library, with its expanded program space, will allow our talented and creative Library staff members to increase educational offerings in a safe and pleasant environment,” said Carmel Patrick, President of the Library Board of Trustees. “We appreciate the individuals and foundations who are donating towards the branch’s construction, and who, along with the County Legislature, recognize the tremendous impact the new branch will have on inspiring children and their families to be excited and enthusiastic about reading, and value life-long learning.”
The new facility is designed to be used by families and children and will provide services in early childhood, family and adult literacy, financial literacy, digital literacy, and other youth and adult programming. The focus on literacy is part of a community-wide effort involving the County, City, City School District, private foundations and others to equip every member of the community with solid reading and writing skills.
Director of Communications, Schenectady County