Despite the failure of last week’s $9.9 million bond referendum, Hampton Bays Library officials are still looking to purchase a neighboring property for use as additional parking.
Included in the plan to rehabilitate the Ponquogue Avenue library, which was voted down, 571-336, on April 4, was the purchase of the adjoining half-acre lot at 3 Argonne Road for $390,000. The space would have created a few dozen additional parking spaces while a house on the lot could eventually be transformed into additional educational space—solving two high-priority needs of library officials.
But the land purchase was dependent on the passage of the bond, as there isn’t enough money in the library’s budget to cover the purchase.
David Zimmerman, president of the library board, said he and the rest of the board will be discussing other ways to fund the purchase in the near future. “We would like to get that property,” he said. “Obviously, that was one of the key things we wanted to do.”
On April 5—the day after the vote—the library had a post on its website revealing that the board would still try to acquire the lot. “The board intends to pursue alternate options to purchase the property,” the post reads.
Mr. Zimmerman, who was unaware of the post when reached on Tuesday, said the contract between his board and the homeowner expires on June 30. If it cannot find a way to finance the purchase by that date, the board would have ask the homeowner for a contract extension, he added.