POUND RIDGE, N.Y. The Hiram Halle Memorial Library in Pound Ridge is getting a much-needed facelift.
Work started last Thursday afternoon as crews began to cover the building with a special type of siding that will then be covered with a fresh coat of paint.
The type of siding we are using is called Hardi Plank, said Charlie Bilangino of CGB Development Corporation, the Millbrook, N.Y.-based general contracting firm that is handling the project. Its a cement-based product. The cement-base will prevent rotting, he noted.
Bilangino said that the librarys siding is shot and that simply painting over it wouldnt help.
I told them we could do that; I could have my painters here and we could start scraping the whole building, he said. But in a few months it would just start to peel off again.
Bilangino said he has been talking to library officials about the problem for a couple of years, but the project was put on hold as the library made plans to expand the building. While the weak economy has put a damper on the librarys fundraising efforts, library director Marilyn Tinter said the fact that they have decided to move forward with the siding and painting project doesnt mean that the expansion plans have been abandoned.
We are still continuing with our fundraising for the expansion, she said. It will be our main focus this fall.
She said it was simply a case of the building just couldnt wait any longer to have its siding repaired.
The siding has rotted and it is in severe need of painting, she said. Its just essential building maintenance. If we were to wait any longer it would end up costing us more money.
Bilangino said his crew will complete about three-quarters of the building over the next few weeks at a cost of around $31,000. The rest of the project will be finished next spring.
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