Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Civic leaders want Elmhurst library preserved
From the Daily News:
A trio of civic leaders is questioning the Queens Library’s decision to tear down its historic Elmhurst branch and replace it with a larger, modern facility.
Members of the Newtown Civic Association are also concerned about traffic during and after construction in the congested neighborhood.
“It’s a design disaster,” said Robert Valdes Clausell, treasurer of the group and property manager of the Continental, a co-op tower located next to the library.
“How can you take a Carnegie library that is over 100 years old — one of only a few left in Queens — and not save at least part of it?” he asked, referring to the libraries built with funding from industrialist-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Clausell, Nicholas Dovas and Thomas McKenzie, the organization’s president, met with library officials last week to review their concerns.
But with demolition slated to start early next year, it’s unclear whether the plans will change.