ROXBURY, NJ - A spectacle greeted those who ventured Tuesday onto Main Street in Succasunna as construction workers and a towering crane moved to a new location the gazebo at the Roxbury Public Library.
The procedure, which went flawlessly, is part of a plan to make the structure and the front of the library more purposeful. Now that the gazebo is closer to Main Street, it will be used for music, lectures, book readings and other performances because the area between it and the library can be used for seating.
"It's wonderful," said Succasunna builder Don Dyrness who was instrumental in planning for the gazebo relocation. "It went just as planned." The structure will also be rehabilitated.
Dyrenss's father helped build the gazebo back in 1978, constructing it partially with pieces from a historic house that once occupied the library site.
A 164-foot-tall crane was used to lift the gazebo about 60 feet in the air and gently place it on a new pad. Next, workers will grade the front years and do additional landscaping, said Roxbury Township Councilman Bob DeFillippo, a member of the library's board of trustees.
As soon as the gazebo touched down at its new spot, Boy Scouts from Roxbury Boy Scout Troop 159 began stacking bricks from the walkway that led to the structure's former site. They included Dyrness's nephew Brodie Haughey as well as Andrew Wilson, Derek Gutowski and Colin Robertson. The pathway was built by Dyrness, when he was a teenager, as an Eagle Scout project.
A number of suppliers and trade contractors are donating and/or discounting their goods and services for the project. Dyrness's company, Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling,added a steel C-channel on the side facing the Succasunna Presbyterian Church so that the two center columns could be removed. That side is now open and facing the library.