UNION, NJ – People from the Vauxhall area and across Union stopped in throughout the day on Saturday to take a look at the new Vauxhall Community Meeting Hall on Hilton Ave.
Built on the site of the old Vauxhall Library, the hall, home to the Vauxhall Historical Society, will be available for use by various community and non-profit organizations for meetings and events. Demolition on the old library began in late May and construction took about 4 months.
Chairman of the Vauxhall Historical Society Alphonse Leak said, “this building means a lot to us.” Leak said the Historical Society has looked for places to meet since its inception in 2009. “We appreciate all that the town has done for us. We’re really grateful.”
“This is a great addition to the Vauxhall area,” said Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio. “We’re very proud of this. It’s a beautiful building on a beautiful site.”
The Roll of Honor monument, honoring Union soldiers who served in World War I, stood on the property for many years, and was moved to directly in front of the Meeting Hall. Surrounding the monument are bricks and the 1957 cornerstone of the old Vauxhall Library.
“This is an amazing accomplishment,” said Township Committeeman Clifton People, Jr. “I’m thrilled.” Speaking of the close proximity of the Vauxhall Branch of the Union Public Library, Jefferson School and the new Vauxhall Meeting Hall, People said, “we have a complex here that will be utilized by many residents and bring the community together.”