UNION, NJ – Demolition began on the old Vauxhall Library, at the corner of Hilton Avenue and Russell Street, on Tuesday morning. The old library has been vacant since the opening of the new Vauxhall Library on Hilton Avenue in June, 2005.
A new meeting hall and headquarters for the Vauxhall Historical Society will be built on the site. Construction on the new building is expected to be complete in the next several months.
“If you speak with some of the residents who have lived in this area for generations, each and everyone has a story to tell about their experiences in this library,” said Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas. “It’s fantastic that we’re going to create a community center here.”
“This is a historic moment,” said Committeewoman Michele Delisfort. “I have very fond memories of this library. When I was a kid, I used to come here to do my homework and study. When I was in graduate school, I did a paper about Vauxhall’s history and I spent a lot of time in the library getting the information I needed.”
“A lot of us have memories of this library because it was the hub of our educational experience,” said Committeeman Clifton People, Jr. “We have mixed emotions about the demolition, but we’ll see a rebirth with a new building which will house the Vauxhall Historical Society.”
“This was the location for us every day after school to do our homework and to socialize with each other,” said Vauxhall resident Bertha Little-Mathews. “It played an instrumental part in our learning experience. Very sad to see it go, but glad to see the future.”