With all that luxury housing rising at Queens West on the Long Island City waterfront, the library that was supposed to be part of the deal is getting the short end of the stick. Costs for the LIC Library, which would built by developer Avalon Bay, have shot up from $10 million to nearly $16 million, partly because of a pricey environmental cleanup the site needs, according to NY Metro. Avalon got the right to build an extra 100 apartments by agreeing to build the library, but it says the Queens Library or another entity have to cough up money before the condo dwellers and luxury apartment renters can check out a book. Barnes & Noble, anyone?
· Library Languishes in Fiscal Hole [Metro]
· Long Island City Rising: New Site, Many Drawings [Curbed]