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Dec. 19, 2013

$8.3M Library Broke Ground in Albuquerque’s Westside

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

A new library has broken ground in Albuquerque at the intersection of Central Avenue and Unser Boulevard NW.

HB Construction Inc. is the contractor, and local design company Rhode May Keller McNamara is the architect for the project.

The project raised $8.3 million, through GO Bonds in 2009, 2011 and 2013, and through private donations, Bernalillo County, and the NM State Legislature. “One of the best ways to help bring the gift of reading to our children is our library system,” said Mayor Berry at the breaking ground event. “As City Councilor for district one, I am proud to be a part of this very important project. One of the ways we empower a community is through literacy and education. With the efforts and teamwork of the community, we were able to obtain $8.3 million to make this project a reality in a short time,” Council President Sanchez said.

The development will boost the economy not only through the job openings it will offer, but also through the role it will play in the community, as Council President Sanchez stated:  “The Central and Unser library will serve as a valuable resource for many of our families to work on school projects, apply for jobs, and stay engaged in community events.  It will also serve as a catalyst to much needed development on the Westside.”

The new library will encompass 25,305 square feet, featuring a 23,250 square feet main level and a 2,055 square feet lower level for advanced mechanical systems. It will include an adult general collections area, adult lounge area, adult computer area, adult reading area, young adult room, three group rooms, children general collections area, children learning center, six children reading areas, children computer area, quiet reading room, community lecture room, storytelling/children’s activity room, administrative offices/operations support areas, restrooms and accessory support/utility rooms.

Construction is expected to be finalized by the end of next year. The Department of Municipal Development will manage the institution.

Photo courtesy of the City of Albuquerque

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