The Glendale branch of the Queens Library is set to undergo a substantial facelift over the next three years.
Preliminary plans for the $2.8 million overhaul of the 79-year-old building at 78-60 73 Place were presented to Community Board 5 on July 9 by representatives from Matthew Baird Architects, with extensive renovations planned for nearly every section of the library.
Plans call for the installation of an elevator, a handicapped accessible entrance, improved signage, new furniture and a complete restoration of the library’s overgrown courtyard
According to the renovation’s fact sheet presented by architect Matthew Baird, the theme of the renovation will be to restore the library to its original 1935 appearance.
“These upgrades will transform the building and bring back some of its historic grandeur that was lost since its construction in 1935,” the plans say. “The improved interior design will make the library more user friendly to the public while enhancing the civic presence of this longtime community hub.”
According to Baird, a final design will be completed in spring 2015. Bidding and construction are planned for that fall, with a completion date of spring 2017 eyed.
During construction, the library will close for a period of time, but the children’s section will remain open.