Construction has started on a new building to house the Sunset Park Public Library and 49 units of affordable housing in Brooklyn. The project has an estimated value of at least $25 million.
The eight-story structure at 5108 Fourth Ave. has been designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning.
New York YIMBY reports that the existing library has just 12,000 sq. ft and would have needed renovations costing $6 million. With approval from New York City, Community Board 7, and a successful round of funding, a more encompassing redevelopment plan was selected.
The expansion will introduce more than 18,000 sq. ft. of public space in an overall space of 20,755 sq. ft.
“Sunset Park is one of our busiest branches, with dozens of outstanding programs and classes every week,” said Brooklyn Public Library president and CEO Linda E. Johnson. “We are thrilled to provide the patrons with a bright, up-to-date, comfortable space where they can come together to read and learn.”