Thursday, April 30, 2009

Library design meetings moved to new location - Gazette

People and Places | Jason Tomassini and Jeremy Arias | Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The location of the three remaining community meetings with architects and planners of the proposed new Silver Spring Library has been changed to the media center at Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Ave. in Silver Spring. The meetings will be held to gain feedback from residents for a more detailed exterior design for the building, which is planned for the corner of Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street.

A meeting was held April 16 with topics ranging from library access, public open space and the exterior design. The remaining meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. May 7 to discuss initial concepts of the site and building; 7 to 9 p.m. May 28 to continue with previous topics; and 7 to 9 p.m. June 18 to gather feedback to be recommended to the Montgomery County Public Libraries and Department of General Services regarding a specific site plan, massing and elevations of the site and the building's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design qualifications.

Plans for the site include a six-story library along Wayne and Fenton, including a level of office space and an art center, and a 10-story, 146-unit apartment complex on Bonifant Street. Parking for the library would be provided by the Wayne Avenue garage.

After the final design meeting, architects will move forward with designing the building in detail.

To request Americans with Disabilities Act program accommodations, contact the Silver Spring Library at 240-773-9420 five working days in advance of the meeting.

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