Last week, the Fifth Avenue Committee and the Brooklyn Public Library celebrated the official commencement of construction on the new Sunset Park Public Library. Located at 5108 Fourth Avenue, the eight-story structure will also contain 49-units of affordable housing for low-income households.
Originally constructed in 1972, the existing Sunset Park Public Library measures just over 12,000 square feet with only about 7,500 square feet available to the public. The structure was also in need renovations with a projected cost of $6 million. Following approval from New York City, Community Board 7, and a successful round of funding, a more encompassing redevelopment plan was selected.
Designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, the expansion would increase those figures dramatically, introducing over 18,000 square feet of publicly accessible area. In total, the new library would measure 20,755 square feet. Upgrades to library facilities will include a modernized layout, new technology, and an expanded collection of material.
“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.”
Residential area is positioned above the library and will include 49 affordable apartments plus one additional unit for an on-site superintendent. The apartments range from studio to three-bedroom layouts and will be reserved for household incomes that equal30% to 80% of Area Median Income. According to the developer, a minimum of 50% of the apartments will be reserved for Community Board 7 residents, 10% for city employees, and 5% for the physically disabled.
The new building is currently on track to complete by the end of 2020.