Department of Design and Construction


16-37 Central Avenue

New Two-Story, 31,800-Square-Foot Queens Library Branch Planned At 16-37 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has filed applications for a new two-story, 31,779-square-foot Queens Library at Far Rockaway. The new building will be built on the site of the existing, single-story library branch, at 16-37 Central Avenue. The facility will feature a circulation and information center, meeting rooms, a business center, and individual children, teen, and adult sections. Snøhetta will be designing the project. The 25,877-square-foot site is located at the corner of Mott Avenue, three blocks from the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue stop on the A train. Demolition permits have not been filed for the existing library.


24-55 Brooklyn Queens Expressway West

Rebuilt Two-Story Taxi & Limousine Commission Facility Proposed at 24-55 Brooklyn Queens Expressway West, Woodside

The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, with the Department of Design and Construction, is planning to rebuild their facility currently located at 24-55 Brooklyn Queens Expressway West, in northern Woodside. The plans call for renovating and expanding the existing single-story facility into a two-story structure, with the inspection garage on the ground floor and offices on the second, DNAinfo reported. The redeveloped building will also feature a parking garage, indoor and outdoor common areas, and green infrastructure. The current facility is in dire need of repairs because part of it was built on unstable ground. TEN Arquitectos is responsible for the design, and the city’s Public Design Commission is required to approve the project. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in August 2017, with completion in 2019.


86-07 Broadway

Construction Wrapping on Three-Story, Elmhurst Public Library at 86-07 Broadway

Construction is finally wrapping up on the Queens Library’s reconstructed three-story, 30,515-square-foot Elmhurst branch at 86-07 Broadway (a.k.a. 86-01 51st Avenue), located two blocks north of the Grand Av-Newtown stop on the M/R trains. The building will open in the fall, once the interiors get completed and furnished, DNAinfo reported. The library will host study areas, classrooms, an assembly hall, and storage rooms. Construction began on the library back in 2012 and was initially expected to open a year later. Sandro Marpillero’s TriBeCa-based Marpillero Pollak Architects is behind the design. The city’s Department of Design and Construction is leading the project.



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