COPAKE — Now that construction can resume in the region, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library is completing a project that began last fall.
The project is resuming now, while the library is still closed, so it won’t inconvenience patrons once curbside service begins in June.
The library is repaving the driveway and parking lot. This project is funded with a State Aid for Library Construction Grant, awarded in 2018, and with matching funds from the Friends of Roeliff Jansen Community Library and from a generous donor.
This project has three components. First was building a set of exterior stairs to provide access from the upper parking lot to the lower parking lot and Friends Bookstore. This phase was completed last fall.
Repaving the parking lot and driveway was scheduled for this spring but was put on hold due to the stay-at-home order.
The current porous concrete driveway is now 10 years old and at the end of its projected life. This experimental surface has not held up well through our northern winters. Fortunately, the landscape design, which includes a centrally located bioswale and catch basins, is environmentally sound even without a porous driveway and parking lot.
The third component of this project is installation of an electric vehicle charging station. Prep work for this is happening now, before repaving, so the will be ready to install a station once state grant funds for such stations become available again.