Patricia NicolasJul 16, 2017, 6:08 pm

Questions surround proposed $16M Lindenhurst library renovation

Proposed renovations to Lindenhurst Memorial Library would add 10,000 sq.ft. to the facility, but cost homeowners $3 per $100 of assessed valuation

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Some in the community agree the Lindenhurst Memorial Library does need some renovations.

But when told of the proposed $16 million dollar price tag, they were shocked.

The $16 million proposed price tag would go towards adding about 10,000 square feet of space to the already 22,000 square foot library.

Reports say it would also go towards things like meeting rooms, handicap-accessible bathrooms, and a creative space with 3D printers.

“My opinion on $16 million? Wow, spend it right,” said Ralph Wubbenhorst of Lindenhurst. “I would go scholastically; The computers, any type of things for the kids.”

The money would come via a 15-year bond costing homeowners about $3 per $100 of assessed valuation.

The library, which was built in 1969, currently has about 27,000 active library card holders.

“I mean, I don't think it’s necessary to spend that much, but I believe in keeping everything updated,” said Keith, also from Lindenhurst.

The residents we spoke to agree the library does need some work but are not too sure if it needs $16 million worth of it. Nothing is final yet, as it is still a proposed price.

FiOS1 News reached out to the library and are still waiting to hear back. The next meeting on the renovations will take place on July 29th.

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