Unfortunately, the Elmhurst branch of the Queens Library isn’t opening anytime soon — the completion date has been pushed back to the spring of 2015. Queens Chronicle notes that when the building broke ground in 2011, the aim was to open it in 2013. Last year, the date was pushed back to 2014. Now, here’s the word from Queens Library spokeswoman Jennifer Manley: “Construction is moving along and good progress has been made. The exterior envelope and major infrastructure [has been] completed. The target for construction to be substantially complete is spring 2015.” The delays come from the need to reconfigure and update the building code. The work to come includes adding heating, ventilation and sprinkler systems, fire alarms, elevators, doors, interior walls and light fixtures. The facade should be finished by this November.
Once open, the library will be a total of 30,000 square feet, roughly double the size of the old library. The new four-story building will feature separate library areas for adults, children and teens, a 32-computer Cyber Center, an Adult Learning Center, an interior reading atrium, and front and rear community gardens. While construction continues, the city is operating a temporary library at 85-08 51st Avenue, off Broadway.
Rendering via Queens Library