February 14, 2013 | 878 views
Renovations progress at pool, new court
It’s been a busy winter for village workers. At a time of year when outdoor projects are typically put aside — except for the occasional snow plowing — it’s the insides of Valley Stream’s facilities that get the most attention.
When Valley Streamers head back to the pool this summer, they will notice a few changes. Village crews are currently renovating the locker rooms, which have not be redone since the pool complex opened in 1960.
At 195 Rockaway Ave., the newest addition to Valley Stream’s collection of property, work is progressing on the Village Hall annex, which will soon house several law enforcement departments and eventually the courtroom.
The building, which was constructed in 1926, housed Village Hall in the 1940s and early 1950s, before it was sold off. When the building went up for sale two years ago, village officials took interest, and officially acquired it late last year.
The second floor will house offices for the court, Public Safety, Code Enforcement and Auxiliary Police. John Mastromarino, the former village treasurer, has been tasked with managing the day-to-day operations of the building. He said the second floor is in good shape and those departments, with the exception court staffers, should be able to move in by the end of the month.
No construction was required on the second floor, as it was used up until recently by a law firm. The only work needed, Mastromarino said, was a good thorough cleaning and some paint touch-up. Much of the furniture left behind was in good condition and will be re-purposed, he explained.
The first floor, which formerly housed a bank, needs significantly more work. The teller windows have been removed and the carpet torn up. The drop ceiling, lights and duct work will be removed and the original ceiling will be restored to capture the art-deco architecture.
Jimmy Neal, the village carpenter, will do the restoration himself, and said it will take about 10 days to repair the molding to its original 1926 state.