Wednesday, May 12, 2010

City of Orange Closes Library Due to Lead Paint and Asbestos Hazards

Library designed by Stanford White

Link to May 9 Newark Star-Ledger article, "Orange library director suspended after historic library was forced to closed".  (via Facebook post by Cheryl Becker)

Excerpt: In March, [Library Director Doris] Walker said she first learned of the presence of hazardous materials in 2003, but said she was told that conditions were safe in the building, which was built in 1901 and is a national historic site. The library board drafted a $1.5 million renovation of the building in 2006, but has been unable to raise the funds, she said. The library operates on an $850,000 annual operating budget.

Last week Walker hired Paterson contractor Alpine Painting and Sandblasting to remediate the lead paint for more than $43,000. On Thursday the board decided it would start accepting proposals to fix the asbestos problem.

[Mayor Eldridge] Hawkins said at the meeting that it is unknown when the library will re-open

Selected Orange Public Library statistics from the New Jersey State Library.

City of Orange Township (New Jersey) Historical Overview

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