The 90-year-old World War I memorial at Southampton Village’s Agawam Park has received a much-needed face-lift that will preserve it for years to come.
The refurbishment project, which started in the fall, will cost the village approximately $300,000. It will be paid for through a combination of private donations and part of a $600,000 bond approved in October that will revamp the second floor of Village Hall and install an elevator at the Main Street building. The village put that project out to bid last week.
As part of the restoration work, the memorial was re-pointed and received new grout, making it easier for water to flow from the structure after storms. Also, cracked stones were replaced and all of the limestone was power-washed. Minor repairs were also made to its roof.
“I am very excited about the way that monument came out,” said Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley. “I think that the work is going to ensure that it will have a much longer life.”
To date, the village has collected approximately $184,000 in private donations, leaving $116,000 to be allocated from the five-year bond. The restoration work was completed by A. Ottavino Corps of Ozone Park, and the engineering firm Chaleff and Rogers of Water Mill, according to Village Administrator Stephen Funsch.
“The company we hired are experts,” Mr. Epley said. “It is a lot of work that they did and it will protect the monument for a long time.”
Now that it has been restored, Mr. Epley said the village is working on a maintenance plan for the site to prevent the need for such an extensive renovation in the future. Also in the works, he said, is new landscaping for the surrounding park area, and a new lighting plan to highlight the monument at night.