SOUTH ORANGE, NJ- The Baird, scheduled to remain closed until Feb. 28 due to a cracked boiler, will now be shuttered until mid to late March, officials said.

The extension was announced in a posting on the South Orange Village website. 

The building closed on Jan. 24 after the boiler cracked because of a loss of water in the system.It has cost South Orange Village an estimated $80,000.

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In addition to replacing the boiler, workers have also had to carry out asbestos abatement to remove insulation around the pipes inside the walls and below the floors, and further asbestos abatement to remove floor tiles containing asbestos that are below the floor surface.

The announcement states that after finding the asbestos, the Village contacted the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. 

Following its inspection, the department “required the Village to remediate current conditions prior to making piping repairs.”

 According to the announcement, this pre-repair work was completed by a licensed contractor under the supervision of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The Baird, located at 5 Mead St. in Meadowland Park, houses the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs.  Their offices are temporarily located at Village Hall.

 Baird Preschool has also been temporarily relocated to the First and Trinity Presbyterian Church at 111 Irvington Ave.

The Department of Administration did not respond to calls from The Alternative Press.