The improvement and rehabilitation project at Glendale Library brings a reorganized design to improve functionality throughout the three floors.
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Monday, November 1, 2021
Queens Public Library, NYC Department of Design and Construction, Elected Officials and Community Leaders Celebrate the Reopening of Glendale Library Following Accessibility, Rehabilitation and Improvements Project
Project adds accessible entrance and elevator, upgrades the interior and restores the rear garden
(Glendale, NY – November 1, 2021) Queens Public Library (QPL) President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Jamie Torres-Springer joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Congress Member Grace Meng, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assembly Member Jenifer Rajkumar, Council Member Robert Holden, library staff and community leaders today to celebrate the reopening of Glendale Library. The project, with design and construction cost of $6.9 million, was managed by DDC for QPL to make the library accessible to all patrons, upgrade the interior and restore the rear garden.
“The renovation of Glendale Library is a remarkable expression of civic pride and reflects our city’s firm commitment to infrastructure that advances learning and opportunity for our changing communities,” said Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “We are extremely grateful to our current and former City leaders for securing the funds needed for the upgrades, to our staff for their commitment and hard work and to the entire Glendale community for their unwavering support for this project, so beautifully executed by the NYC Department of Design and Construction. We look forward to serving the public from this outstanding building for generations to come.”
“We're proud to reopen Glendale Library today, with improvements that celebrate historic features of this beautiful branch while making upgrades to make the branch compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said DDC Commissioner Jamie Torres-Springer.
“It is a beautiful day in Glendale with the grand reopening of its beloved library. I am glad to see the original grandeur of the beautiful Glendale Library intact while also adding a modern twist, including full accessibility,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “These additions, along with the other work done as part of this project, has produced a first-class library that will meet and exceed the educational, cultural, and occupational demands of this vibrant neighborhood for decades to come. My heartfelt congratulations on a job well done go to Dennis Walcott and his entire team at Queens Public Library as well as Commissioner Jamie Torres-Springer and the outstanding staff at the Department of Design and Construction.”
“I’m proud to join the Glendale community in celebrating the reopening of this wonderful facility,” said U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens). “As the mom of two young kids, I know firsthand the critical role that libraries play in our neighborhoods. They are crucial to supporting learning and literacy for children, and they help our next generation grow. I thank the Queens Public Library for undertaking these important renovations. The improvements will greatly benefit local families. It will allow more people to take advantage of this facility, and make it an even better resource for the community.”
“What an honor it is to be part of this ribbon cutting ceremony to officially reopen the Glendale Branch of the Queens Public Library,” said State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. “This location was in need of some major upgrades, and it is great to see that much of the library’s historic architecture has remained, while giving it new aspects to bring it into the 21st century. At a time when we look with enthusiasm to going outdoors post-COVID, residents of all ages from across Glendale and beyond will be able to enjoy a new look on all three floors of the library, as well as a reimagined rear garden. I would like to thank the Queens Public Library, NYC DDC, and my colleagues in government for their partnership in helping to bring this project to completion.”
“Just as books are more than mere words on a page, a library is much more than a repository of books. It is a place where the entire community comes together. Where our children sculpt their minds. Where jobseekers turn for valuable resources and training. Where we see our friends and neighbors. Because of the fine leadership of President and CEO Dennis Walcott, the Queens Public Library Glendale branch has been restored to its historic grandeur, serving as a cornerstone of our recovery and enriching the community for many years to come,” said Assembly Member Jenifer Rajkumar.
“The renovation and re-opening of the Glendale library has been a longtime coming, and I thank Queens Public Library and DDC for the work they did to get it across the finish line,” said Council Member Robert Holden. “The residents of Glendale will now enjoy a much needed state-of-the-art facility, and have the access to great tools that will allow our city to flourish.”
“It is wonderful to see the restoration of many of the features that have long defined this special building, and the modification of its spaces to offer access to everyone,” said Vincent Arcuri, Jr., the chair of Community Board 5 and a member of the Queens Public Library Foundation Board of Directors. “The library looks spectacular, and we are thrilled that is open once again. On behalf of the Glendale community, I thank the many people who worked so hard to make this day possible. Congratulations to all.”