City leaders and representatives from the Hartford Public Library officially broke ground for the library’s new Albany Avenue Branch Tuesday afternoon, September 21.
The new library will be built at the corner of Albany Avenue and Blue Hills Avenue, just west of the existing facility. The new library will be housed in an 8,000 square-foot, one story building. The $5.8 million project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2011. Once the new library is open, the old facility will be demolished.
The Albany Branch currently serves about 9,000 people per month.
Mayor Pedro Segarra said, “This will cost the City $5.8 million, but it is money well spend because it will be put back into the community for the community.
Architects and the Hartford based contractor Capital Restoration are in charge of the project. 15 percent of the contractor’s work will be subcontracted to Hartford-certified Minority and Women Business Enterprise Firms (MWBE). The contractor has also committed to performing the labor with a minimum of 30 percent Hartford residents.