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Construction of New Rego Park Library Building Will Begin in 2021, City Officials Say

Rego Park Library at 91-41 63rd Dr. (Google Maps)

Oct. 22, 2019 By Allie Griffin

Construction of a new Rego Park library to replace the current library building will begin in 2021, four years after the plan was first announced.

Construction of a library twice the size of the one built in 1975 at 91-41 63rd Dr is anticipated to begin in the fall 2021 and to be completed in spring 2024, according to the City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC).

The $38-million project was first announced in 2017 by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Member Karen Koslowitz.

Koslowitz has been fighting for a new library building since the 1990s and she will finally see construction of the planned two-story, 18,000-square-foot library begin right before she retires from City Council.

She told community members at a Queens Community Board 6 meeting earlier this month that she was told “that the library groundbreaking is going to happen before I retire. It’s going to happen,” reported the Queens Chronicle.

Koslowitz will retire when her term is up in 2021 — just in time to see the library groundbreaking. She is ineligible to run again due to term limits.

The current Rego Park library is just 7,500 square feet, lacks ADA accessibility and has outdated technology. Local officials said it’s too small to support the growing community.

Koslowitz previously said that it’s one of the most heavily utilized branches in her district. In 2016, it had a circulation of nearly 194,000 and 189,000 visitors.

“Words cannot express how happy and grateful I am that the Rego Park Library expansion will now become a reality,” Koslowitz said in a statement in 2017 following the project’s announcement. “I have been working on providing the residents of Rego Park with an enhanced library structure since the 1990’s and finally it’s happening.”

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Anonymous

I think it’s a great idea! All this neighborhood has is negative comments get off your high horse and read a damm book!

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Name & Face on it?

Hope she doesn’t plan or expect her name be put on the Library. If so she better put her name and face on the Prison too!

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Rob

$38M for 15,000 square feet of Library? That’s over $2,500 per sf, I’m in the industry and unless they are lining the walls with gold that’s likely 8X more than needed,- someone is getting a kickback. If this building cost more than $5M to construct it would be over budget.

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2 projects??

So now we are gonna have a huge construction project where the Shalimar diner was and another huge project directly across the street for the library?…63rd Drive is going to be hell for the next 4 years

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Sara Ross

Rego Park has been hell since certain human garbage moved in and destroyed it. So a nice library will be there to cater to people who don’t read/speak English – except the F word and food stamps. I still miss Shalimar!

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