Residents living in the Mitchell-Linden area of Flushing can expect a brand-new, larger library facility in 2014.
Queens Library spokeswoman Joanne King said last week that the first-floor space purchased last year at the 31-32 Union St. condominiums will become the new branch in the winter of 2014. The library also will acquire 720 square feet of adjacent space in four years for a total of 8,400 square feet.
“The existing branch, at 29-42 Union St., is only 5,900 square feet,” King said, “is rented, heavily used and there’s no opportunity to expand.”
Once renovations are completed at the new location, which will cost approximatley $2 million, visitors will be greeted by a young adult area, a reading lounge, 24/7 return access, self-check-in, a children’s area and a meeting room with a flexible wall for events large and small.
The new space, which is near the existing branch, was purchased for $3.5 million and is located in Sunrise Terrace, a 32-residential unit condo. When bought, its future use was not determined, but it was always for additional customer service, either as a new branch or a replacement.
Arlene Fleishman, co-president of the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association, said she is pleased the branch will remain open and in a larger space. “We were worried it would close,” Fleishman said. “I’m glad it’s not moving away.”
Additional space and more room for meetings is another plus, the civic leader said, but she wonders what will go in the old space.
In other library news, King said that the Flushing Library at Main Street and Kissena Boulevard will undergo a phased renovation of the first floor circulation area to include self-checkouts and self-check-ins in the fall. The branch will remain open during work.
A 24/7 outdoor kiosk will be added on the Kissena Boulevard side of the library for returns. The project is expected to take about six months.