The building where Silver Lake once hoped to house a branch of the Community Library has been pulled off the market.
The Salem Lakes Village Board Wednesday voted unanimously to pause efforts to sell the building and explore community uses for the building.
The motion to take the building off the market was made by Trustee Laura Francart, the chairman of the Parks Commission. She said that group has been discussing possible uses for the building, such as a community center or event space.
The building at 209 N. Second St., Silver Lake, was purchased by the village in November 2013 for $200,000 with an additional $50,000 borrowed for renovations. Plans at that time called for the building to house a Silver Lake branch of the Community Library, of which Silver Lake was a member. The Silver Lake branch at that time was losing its lease at another location.
The purchase became controversial after it was completed without the details of the loan coming to the Village Board for approval. A preliminary vote had approved pursuing the purchase.
Plans to have the other Community Library municipalities contribute to the purchase of the building fell through when the other municipalities balked.
The library never moved to the building. Riverview School used it for temporary office quarters in the summer of 2015 while parts of the school were renovated. That fall, the board decided to try to sell the building.
Francart said the Parks Commission does not have a solid plan for the building, but would like to explore options.
“It’s not saying for sure anything is going to happen,” Francart said.
The idea of exploring options seemed to be favored by other board members.
“We might as well look at some other options,” said Trustee Doug Randolph.
Village President Bruce Nopenz said, “Having that building sit vacant isn’t helping anything.”
Trustee Patrick Dunn said, “If we can use it for something, why not?”