By Jean A. Flanagan
“We know this is an inconvenience, but we beg the public’s patience,” said Mike Crites, president of the Hardy County Library Commission.
Construction at the downtown Moorefield library has closed part of the sidewalk on the west side of Main Street to pedestrian traffic.
Signage at either end of the construction alerts walkers that the sidewalk is closed and they should cross the street to avoid the closure.
“The other point we want to make is the library is open,” Crites said.
The Winchester Avenue entrance is open and a sign explains the construction.
[private] The major renovations to the facility are being done in two phases. Phase One will entail the renovation of the former Puffenberger Jewelry building and an addition of 1,000 square feet to the back of the building.
Once Phase One is completed, the library will move to the completed section and Phase Two work will begin on the existing library.
Phase One work and the sidewalk closure are expected to take through the end of the year.
“Once again, we hope our patrons will continue to use the library and accept our apologies for any inconvenience,” Crites said. “The finished product will be well worth it.”
The library renovations are funded through an endowment from the late Margaret P. Allen, a patron of the library for many years.