B.P.C. library in negotiations

The long hoped for library in Battery Park City could open by the end of next year although a construction start date is still unclear.

Paul Nagle, spokesperson to City Councilmember Alan Gerson, said things are on track for an opening next year but more will be known after July 1 when the city’s budget is expected to be approved. Nagle said Gerson is negotiating with the city over the library project and the final price tag has not yet been determined.

The library will be in the Riverhouse condo building under construction at 1 River Terrace. Residential occupancy is expected in January. Leticia Remauro, the Battery Park City Authority’s spokesperson, said construction on the library portion of the building will be ready to begin at the end of the year, and it will be up to the city’s New York Public Library to start once it gets control of the space.

Library officials did not mention the B.P.C. library at Monday’s opening of the Mulberry branch. Gayle Snible, a library spokesperson, had no information as to when construction would begin or end. She said Wednesday that it was difficult to reach New York Public Library officials about the project because Memorial Day was approaching.

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