BY LUIS GRONDA
The Glendale Library is undergoing a much-needed renovation.
Almost $3 million has been allocated to renovate the Glendale branch, located at 78-60 73rd Place, to make it more handicap accessible and restore some aging parts of the library.
According to a presentation shown at last week’s Community Board 5 meeting, the project will design a new accessible entrance and book drop on Myrtle Avenue. A new elevator will also be built that will serve the branch. The garden behind the library will be spruced up as part of the renovation.
Matthew Baird, who is from Matthew Baird Architects, said their main focus is to improve the library’s handicap accessibility but the rest of the building will also get a renovation that is sorely needed.
“Over the years, it’s had some neglect and there’s been a series of renovations that at each time was probably great in its own way, but some of them have yielded an ad-hoc result that we think we can improve,” he said.
Nearly $3 Million Funded To Fix Glendale Library Matthew Baird Architects was hired by the Dept. of Design and Construction to work on several projects throughout the City, including the Glendale Library.
According to a fact sheet of the project provided by Queens Library, another goal of the project is to restore it to make it closely resemble how it once looked when the facility opened in 1935.
Baird said the completion of the design is set for next year and it is scheduled to finish in the spring of 2017. They are hoping to beat that projection, Baird said.
As for what will happen to the library during its reconstruction, Jennifer Manley, director of Government and Community Affairs at Queens Library, said it will be closed for a period of time, but they will provide interim service in that area while it is shut down.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) footed the majority of the $2.8 million price tag for the project.
Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.