Syracuse, NY, Sep 29, 2011 -- The Carthage Free Library Board of Trustees and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion and renovation of the library. USDA Rural Development State Director Jill Harvey announced a $50,000 grant and a $450,000 loan for the construction project. Camelia Moses, President of the Library Board stated that the Board has been developing plans and working on funding for the project for many years. The grant and loan package from Rural Development, coupled with a $311,422 NYS Library Construction Grant funding and proceeds from their Capital Fundraising Campaign, brings the total project cost to $1,110,000.
“Today we celebrate the beginning of the construction phase for this project. Carthage Free Library is essential to the Carathage-area community. Several community needs will be addressed by the expansion and renovation. Virtually all public spaces will be handicap accessible. The existing building will be renovated and a new heating and cooling system will be installed. Many of the renovations, like lighting, will be designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs” said Jill Harvey. “Under the leadership of the Obama Administration, Rural Development has done numerous projects that represent our commitment to rural areas in New York. We want to help communities establish the necessary tools to succeed”, said Jill Harvey. The expansion will provide more public access computers, a community room that will allow more and varied programs, particularly youth activities, and a new space designated for primarily for teens.
Located at 412 Budd Street, the Carthage Free Library has served the community with traditional library services since 1910. It is housed in a 4,400 square foot building that will be renovated and expanded by approximately 3,400 square feet. The addition will include finishes, installation of a wheelchair lift, two handicapped accessible restrooms, and an automatic handicapped accessible main entrance. The renovation consists of repair to exterior walls and windows, new HVAC system, revamp electrical system, new furnishings, and carpeting. GYMO, P.C., architects from Watertown, NY, have designed the addition and will supervise construction. Volunteers, coordinated by a Campaign Steering Committee, have conducted community fundraising efforts in support of the project.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available by visiting Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.