from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

August 27, 2007

Jefferson Market Library Repairs to Finally Move Ahead!

GVSHP and many other community groups have long called for the crumbling Jefferson Market Library facade, which has been surrounded by scaffolding for years, to be repaired as soon as possible.  However, the library planned to use the funding it had received from City Council Speaker Quinn and State Senator Tom Duane for an interior renovation, leaving the facade to potentially further deteriorate. After a significant public outcry last year, this funding was shifted by Quinn and Duane to examine the possibility of restoring the facade, but until recently, there was insufficient money to fully fund facade repairs and other contemplated renovations.

Last week, it was announced that Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn have now secured sufficient funding to allow repairs to the facade to finally move forward (see,0,6630526.story) . This will hopefully end the years of deterioration to the facade of this singularly important Village landmark.

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Speaker Quinn and State Senator Duane Announce Decision to Transfer Library Renovation Funds to Repair and Restore Exterior.


from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

January 20, 2006


JEFFERSON MARKET LIBRARY RESTORATION:  The Jefferson Market Library, one of the Village's and New York's greatest landmarks, has been covered in scaffolding for two years to protect the public from the building's deteriorating facade.  More than $2 million has been allocated for renovation of the library by former City Council Member Tom Duane and current City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, though the library currently does not plan to use any of that money to repair the facade of the building.  Questions have been raised about whether the library's current plans are the best way the money could be spent.   

Council Speaker Quinn, who will have a big say over how the money is allocated and who has expressed a great deal of concern about the project, is reaching out to the public asking for feedback about the renovation, particularly regarding the current plans vs. the need for exterior repairs.  GVSHP has expressed serious concerns about the condition of the facade deteriorating further without action soon, and the fact that deferred maintenance may lead to more time and money needed to restore the facade.  GVSHP has also supplied the library with a list of potential additional funding sources for exterior repairs to the building and offered to help in any way to advocate for additional funding if necessary. CLICK HERE for coverage of the library renovation from the Villager.


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