Monday, November 21, 2016

Library Planning Meeting

A community meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm at the SW Branch library (900 Wesley Place) to discuss the modernization of the MLK Library downtown. In addition, there will be discussion on plans for a new SW Branch library on the existing site, for which DCPL recently released a RFP for design-build services. DCPL will select the winning Design-Build team by March 2017 and will begin the design process in the spring. An interim library will be built, which will occupy approximately 3,000 SF in existing retail or commercial space within a reasonable distance from the current library. The budget for the new library and interim facility is $11.7 million. Construction of the interim library will begin in the middle of 2018 and the old library will be demolished once the interim facility is complete, around August 2018. The new library will then be built with an anticipated completion date of December 2019. The new library will be at least LEED-Gold certified.

Tangentially related: The Friends of the SW Library will have a Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, December 10 from 10am to 3pm. Sale proceeds support events and supplies for the SW Branch library.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gentrification is a good thing. Baltimore calls for the poor. Better benefits, anyway.