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Here’s what we know about the library:
The new library will have books and other library materials and separate spaces for children, teens and adults. It will have a range of seating options, a variety of study and meeting room spaces and public computers. The architect shared a concept design for the new library building at a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
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Most sketches for the outside include a bump out sidewalk at Connecticut and Macomb. It baffles me how cars and certainly anything larger could make a right hand turn off Connecticut without banging into Macomb traffic going East. Where is the bus stop going to go? When we in cars and are doing a fast drop off of people or books, where will we pull in? Is there space for a lot of bikes to park?
Thanks to ANC and all, for many improvements.
Still of concern:
- the interior "overlook" wastes space and will pose noise problems.
- exterior balconies are novel but not practical, will likely not be used. Best to eliminate.
- existing trees and green space to the west on Macomb Street should be preserved.
I feel like this building is another Lauinger in... more »
The public plaza planned for the library should explicitly incorporate a new, larger, more functional, and aesthetically compatible... more »
I really hope that the library and architects will consider saving the beautiful tables and chairs that were donated to the branch when it opened. They make the current space warm and inviting and could be retrofitted with electrical and USB outlets for computers.
The architects are exploring some type of tower on the corner of Connecticut and Macomb to provide a civic presence. They are still studying this feature.
Arial view looking south on Connecticut Avenue.
View across Connecticut Avenue.
The window spacing and pattern reflects the repeating pattern of the glass storefronts along Connecticut Avenue.
The architects incorporated porch elements into the design to reflect the porches on residences in the neighborhood.
The architects are looking to materials that reflect the buildings in the neighborhood, such as limestone, brick and natural wood.