Community Meeting on Southeast Library Renovation July 23

Give Feedback on Footprint, Hear About Due Diligence

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Work on the project o renovate the Southeast Library (403 Seventh St. SE) has begun. CCN File Photo

Join your friends and neighbors for the third community meeting about the Southeast Library renovation. At the virtual meeting, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, the design team will present the results of the due diligence work, share the library building program and gather community feedback.

The DC Public Library has hired the design/build team of Whiting-Turner Construction/Quinn Evans Architects for the $23 million transformation of the historic Southeast Neighborhood Library (403 Seventh St. SE).

The renovation of the Southeast Neighborhood Library (403 Seventh St. SE) is slated to be completed in spring of 2024, DC Public Library (DCPL) Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan said at that meeting. It is unclear how the outbreak of COVID-19 might impact the timeline.

The modernization is one of the longer and more complex projects undertaken by DCPL, he added, noting that there have been more than 20 library improvement projects in the District over the last 11 years.

Attend the meeting to:

  • Learn about the results of the due diligence work.
  • Review the library building program.
  • Provide feedback on the approach to adding to the building footprint.
The project timeline as given in the March 3 presentation, available at https://www.dclibrary.org/southeastlibraryrenovation

Community feedback is part of the first phase of the renovation, the library team said at a meeting held March 3, just before the public health crisis.

Work on the design, which includes discussion about what elements will be included in addition to how they will look, will also take place also in concert with discussions with Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and the Board of Zoning. The conversation with the community will continue throughout the process.

Join the meeting via Webex at dcnet.webex.com. Learn more about plans to renovate the Southeast Library at dclibrary.org/southeastlibraryrenovation.