The mayor made the announcement at a town hall held at Lost Battalion Hall in Rego Park last week.
“Libraries are at the heart of neighborhoods across the city, and I am thrilled to announce that Rego Park will have a new facility to meet its needs,” said de Blasio. “As the neighborhood continues to grow, this library will be a treasured cornerstone of the community.”
The $32 million project includes $13.7 million from the mayor's office. Another $28.5 million was allocated by Borough President Melinda Katz, while the rest of the funding come from the City Council.
The current library was built in 1975 and is 7,500 square feet, while the new building will be 18, 00 square feet. Last year, the Rego Park library welcomed 189,000 visitors.
There is no timeline for completion as of yet.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz has been working on renovating the library since the 1990s.
“Libraries are not just for research and light reading anymore, they are community, job placement, and adult literacy centers,” she said. “I am overjoyed that the people of Rego Park will finally have a newly expanded library right in their own neighborhood.”