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Without a public library for the last year, the residents of the Far South Side’s Altgeld Garden public housing community should see a new one later this year, according to the city’s public library agency.

Without a public library for the last year, the residents of the Far South Side’s Altgeld Garden public housing community should see a new one later this year, according to the city’s public library agency. The Chicago Public Library’s Altgeld Branch was shut down in March 2009 after a steam pipe burst. The library, which was housed inside the Altgeld Gardens-Murray Homes complex, was deemed uninhabitable and the repairs would’ve been extensive, said Ruth Lednicer, spokeswoman for CPL. “We’re in a partnership with Chicago Public Schools and CHA to get a library in the building where the housing development’s Weekly Parent-Child Center is located at 133rd and Corliss,” said Lednicer. Altgeld Gardens, the Chicago Housing Authority’s largest housing development and also one of its most isolated, is located just west of the Bishop Ford expressway at the 130th Street exit. The closest libraries for the residents to go to is the Pullman branch on 110th Street and Indiana Avenue, or the south suburban Riverdale Public Library in the 200 block of West 144th Street. The cost of the project, expected to cost $650,000, will be evenly split among CHA, the library and CPS. The project is currently in the bidding stage. “We’re hoping to have it opened by the fall,” she said. Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender

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