Hartford officials break ground on a new Albany Branch.  The $5.8-million building will replace an adjacent 1950 structure.

Foundation digging has begun on the Albany Avenue Branch.

Upper Albany Library Steering Committee member Pat Williams says the library has been busy for many years.

“This little library on Albany Avenue had like 9,000 people per month coming in requesting to use the facilities,” Williams said.  “A lot of those were adults who were seeking jobs, seeking to update their resumes, seeking information, education.”

Associate Librarian for Neighborhood Library Services Anwar Ahmad says the new facility is next to the site of a planned African-American cultural center.

“We need a bigger facility for this neighborhood, because this neighborhood, and the Blue Hills neighborhood are big library users,” Ahmad said.

Ahmad says demolishing the old library building will make the cultural center visible from the street.

The project has been in the works for more than a decade, since bonding money was approved by the city.

Library officials have been working on the rebuilding of two other branches.  Funding for those projects were approved at the same time.


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