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Pulaski Branch, 1933

Pulaski Branch, 1933

 

The city wants to sell the Pulaski Library branch at Hudson and Norton. The 1931 Renaissance Revival building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The story of the library is a rather sad. It opened as the second branch library in Rochester. It closed in 1994 because of lack of funds. Group 14621 took it over in 2001 and intended to turn it into a computer center. The association never found enough funding and eventually abandoned the project.

In the nearly 20 years it’s been unoccupied, the library has suffered extensive damage, according to the city’s Request for Proposals:

The condition of the building has declined greatly from lack of maintenance, inattention to needed repairs and water intrusion. Repairs must be made to the roofing system, gutters, and masonry. Installation of HVAC, electrical, fire protection and plumbing systems is required. The first floor contained decorative woodwork and extensive built-in shelving and cabinetry. Due to water damage, many the interior features and finish materials cannot be salvaged.

The sale price is $1,000. Developers must show they have the wherewithal to rehab the place. Because it’s a historic building in a challenged neighborhood, the project is eligible for tax credits and other incentives. The city would like to have a sale done by June.

We’ve talked so much lately about preservation in Rochester. What does it say about our city that we let a beautiful library deteriorate? I hope the building can be saved and put back to use.

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