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Hunters Point Library to get a little boost

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:24 am, Thu Jan 17, 2013.

Architects of the Hunters Point Library aren’t taking any chances.

Following Hurricane Sandy, architects with Steven Holl designing the modern glass and cement library on Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue have decided to construct the 21,500-square-foot building on a hill that’s a foot higher than previously planned.

The grading change will not set back construction or add additional costs, Queens Library Spokeswoman Joanne King said.

“It’s from an abundance of caution, since the building is above the 100-year flood line already, but we thought as long as there’s room to do it and it doesn’t set anything back we might as will give it a little extra height,” King said.

Even before the change, the facility’s site sat more than seven feet above sea level.

With the changes the library’s lowest level will be 10.5 feet higher than sea level.

Before the change, the facility was about a foot and half above where flood waters hit during Hurricane Sandy, King said.

The $28 million project will feature an environmentally friendly layout, a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city skyline, a garden, a gallery, a conference room, a computer center and youth and teen spaces.

The project, which has been in the works for 10 years, has been pushed back from its 2014 opening date because of budget issues. The site was dedicated in October, but digging has not begun.

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