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The one-story Rego Park library will be replaced, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

At long last, Rego Park residents will be getting a new and improved library branch.

Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement during a June 8 town hall at the neighborhood’s Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center. The new building will be erected in the same location as the current library at the corner of Austin Street and 63rd Drive.

The current building, which was built in 1975, is 7,500 square feet, lacks ADA accessibility and has out-of-date technology — no longer serving its growing population, according to the mayor’s office. Last year, the branch had 189,000 visitors and a circulation of nearly 194,000.

In its place will rise an 18,000 square foot, two-story accessible building with modern amenities, according to de Blasio.

“Libraries are at the heart of neighborhoods across the city, and I am thrilled to announce that Rego Park will have a new facility to meet its needs,” de Blasio said. “As the neighborhood continues to grow, this library will be a treasured cornerstone of the community. I’d like to recognize Council member Karen Koslowitz, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Queens Library President Dennis M. Walcott, whose tireless work helped make this possible.”

The project is fully funded with a total of $32 million allocated by the mayor’s office, the borough president’s office and the City Council. Katz, Koslowitz and Queens Library President Dennis M. Walcott were also present for Thursday’s announcement.

“These substantial investments are not only for the long-awaited expansion of the Rego Park library, but for the children, seniors and families of Rego Park,” Katz said. “These capital funds will allow for a brand-new, state-of-the-art community hub of learning, literacy and culture. We are both the borough of growth and the borough of families, and I am delighted to collaborate with Mayor de Blasio and Council member Koslowitz to deliver this for the growing families of Rego Park.”

Additional details will be announced as the project moves forward.

Photo by Joanna Graham/Mayoral Photography Office

Photo by Joanna Graham/Mayoral Photography Office


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