The library has signed a one-year lease for a 1,409-square-foot space in The Shops at Atlas Park on Cooper Avenue, a decision which was unanimously approved by its board of trustees last Thursday night.
This temporary location is expected to be ready near the end of May and is about 10 blocks northeast of the permanent Glendale branch on 73rd Place.
“We are grateful to the community and our customers for making clear how important this branch is to them,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, “and we thank Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. for helping find a suitable and affordable location.”
The three-level, 10,800-square-foot Glendale Community Library closed to the public on April 14, though it has been providing a mobile service each Friday to fill the gap in access. When it opens, the temporary space at Atlas Park will be open six days per week.
“We are very excited to have the Glendale branch of Queens Library join us at Atlas Park while they are going through a renovation,” said Peter M. DeLucia, Jr., property manager at Atlas Park. “The library is a strong community partner and will be a great addition to our center.
Officials broke ground on the $4.7 million project in December. Designs for the renovation, which were initially expected to cost nearly half its current price, were unveiled in 2014. Construction is slated to begin in May, and the branch’s reopening is scheduled for the fall of 2019. It was originally tentatively set for completion last spring.
The project is funded in part by former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Borough President Melinda Katz.
Renovations will include a restoration of the building’s interior, the installation of an elevator, an accessible entrance and a book drop, the creation of new adult and teen reading rooms, the modification of the building’s vestibule, a reconstruction of the branch’s front staircase and an upgrade to its garden.
The Glendale Community Library’s current location was completed in 1936 with funding from the federal Works Progress Administration. Officials have promised to preserve its historic character, which includes original woodwork, details and finishes, in the building’s new iteration.