Old Woodridge Library to be torn down for new bldg

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- On Wednesday morning, D.C Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan celebrated the demolition of the old Woodridge Library for the new library.

The public provided input about the design of the new library, which is expected to open in 2015.

According to a press release from the mayor's office: "While the new Woodridge Library was being designed, DCPL representatives attended numerous neighborhood meetings to hear from the community what library services were most important. In addition, the architecture team of Wiencek + Associates and Bing Thom Architects attended four meetings hosted by the Friends of the Woodridge Library to review the designs."

The 20,000-square foot library will feature separate spaces for adults, teens and children, 40,000 books and other library materials, 40 public-access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access and more. Officials say the new Woodridge Library will also be the first D.C. library to have a roof terrace that will be used for library programming.

The total budget for design and construction is $16.5 million, say officials.

The interim library is open three blocks south of the old library at 1790 Douglas Street NE. You can get updates on the library here: https://woodridgedclibrary.wordpress.com.

Gray and Reyes-Gavilan hope residents will also provide input into the planning process for renovations to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Feedback will be "incorporated into a preliminary design to be presented on May 19," according to the mayor's office. You can provide input at dclibrary.ideascale.com.


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