Voters reject new Victor Farmington Library facility
Library leaders ‘respect the hard decision voiced by voters’ and affirm continued personalized service
VICTOR — Victor and Farmington residents nixed plans Tuesday for a new 24,000-square-foot facility for Victor Farmington Library. Residents voted 1,415 to 3,256 against the proposed $16.6 million project at 160 School St. in the village of Victor, which would have opened in 2024.
“After dedicating over five years to researching a larger library, consulting experts, and evaluating options, we understand and respect the hard decision voiced by voters,” said Library Board President James R. Myers.
“No one could have imagined the confluence of events that made the new library project such a difficult project to bring to fruition,” said VFL Communications Committee Chair Mitch Donovan. “While the vote to build a new Victor Farmington Library failed to pass with a sufficient majority, the Board of Trustees and the staff of the library will continue to serve the library users to the best of their ability.”
The library’s existing 8,900-square-foot facility at 15 W. Main St. opened in 1995 to serve up to 15,000 people. But due to a three decades-long population surge in Victor and Farmington, some 25,000 residents now depend on the library for their education, research, casual reading and internet needs, said Library Director Tim Niver.
“We recognize the current economic and global circumstances make this a very difficult time to support a larger library,” said Niver. “The board of trustees, volunteers, library staff, and I appreciate this opportunity to hear the voice of voters. We look forward to continuing to provide the friendly, personalized service Victor and Farmington residents rely on. We appreciate everyone who voted.”
The vote follows extensive public dialogue in public information meetings and on social media. Library leaders shared information on https://victorfarmingtonlibrary.org/new/ and YouTube.