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Queen’s Library Steinway Branch Broke Ground On $3.9 Million Overhaul

By Josephine Lembard

Steinway Library in Astoria celebrated with a ceremony marking the beginning of a $3.9 million renovation this Monday, Aug. 6th. 

The renovations are set to be completed by next summer, according to QNS. 

The library is located on 21 43 31st St. Built in 1955, the building has 12,500 square feet with a cellar and two above ground floors. 

The project will be overseen by NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC). 

What’s in store for the new Queen’s Library look?

Via Constantinides/Astoria Post

There’s a list of upgrades and improvements that are cause for celebration for students and library goers alike. 

There will be an external elevator made with translucent glass panels and will be utilized for all three levels from the buildings rear courtyard. 

An ADA accessible ramp in the main 31st Street entrance and also a new book sorting area entrance. 

Offices will be created in the cellar for staff members, and the second floor will also get a revamp. Existing issues with the outside of the building will be fixed, including a new roof – which will have insulation and energy efficient glazing – and upgrades to water tightness issues and masonry will also be done to the exterior. 

For the ceremony, Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, DDC Commissioner Lorraine Grillo, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Costa Constantinides, state Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas all joined to break ground. 

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The project is funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with Simotas, Katz and Constantinides

Lorraine Grillo told QNS, “A strong public library system indicates that a community values learning and future opportunities for its young people….This project will ensure that Steinway Library remains an enduring resource for Astoria, one that’s accessible to everyone as a center of culture and education. The Queens Library under President Dennis Walcott is investing heavily in its future and DDC is proud to be part of that effort.

And Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott had this to say, “With these renovations, Queens Library’s Steinway branch will be more technologically efficient, eco-friendly and accessible to everyone.

Featured Image Via Emil Cohen/New York City Council

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