The first of what will likely be many meetings on the development and design of a new SW Branch Library will be held next Thursday in the basement meeting room of the library (900 Wesley Place). This meeting will be hosted by the SWNA New Library Task Force and the guest presenter will be DCPL Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan. The last time Reyes-Gavilan was at a community meeting to discuss the SW Branch Library, he presented plans to include a new library in the District-owned Waterfront Station parcel on 4th Street as part of a mixed-use development. That plan was met with community opposition, so it was abandoned by the city. Back in March, DMPED announced during its “March Madness” event that a new, standalone library would be built on the same site as the existing facility, which is what many in the community preferred due to the synergy created with the adjacent 3rd and I streets playground and the opportunity to create an architecturally-significant civic building.
The library meeting on May 12 will be held from 7-9pm.