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Photo courtesy of Queens Library.
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Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Ana Barrio, Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott and Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano are joined by members of the Glendale community to break ground on the Glendale Library renovations.

The highly anticipated renovation project at the Glendale Library is one step closer to getting underway, after the Department of Design and Construction broke ground at the site on Thursday.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who secured a majority of the funding for the project, was joined by Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Ana Barrio, Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott and Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano on Dec. 21 to be the first to stick shovels in the dirt.

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, but had to be postponed due to a scheduling conflict.

The most notable upgrades in the $4.7 million project will give the building a wheelchair-accessible entrance, an elevator and a book drop.

“These renovations and upgrades mean that this very special library will finally be accessible to all,” Walcott said. “We are grateful to Council member Crowley, Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor Bill de Blasio for their financial support for this important project and look forward to working with the Department of Design and Construction.”

Also included in the project are improvements to the interior and rear garden. Originally built under the federal Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression, the 10,800-square-foot library still contains original woodwork, details and finishes.

“This building dates back to 1935 and has a lot of character, and we plan to preserve that history while we make this valuable resource more equitable for New Yorkers,” Barrio said.

Although it was previously reported that the project would take one year to complete, a spokesperson from the Department of Design and Construction said that the project was always scheduled to take 18 months. Construction is expected to begin sometime in the spring of 2018, and a mobile library will be available throughout the duration of the project.

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