District Breaks Ground on New Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and District leaders in breaking ground on the new Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library at 3660 Alabama Ave., S.E. this morning.  
The new 20,000 square foot library is the 14th library construction project began during the Fenty administration as part of the city’s continued effort to improve the District’s library system. 
“Every neighborhood in the District deserves world-class amenities,” says Mayor Fenty.  "With each new library, residents are seeing firsthand that the District is committed to giving them the best resources possible.”
The new library will open in 2011 and will include: space for 80,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials; 32 public-access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access; a large meeting room for up to 100 people and two conference rooms for up to 14 people.  Like all other library buildings under construction, a LEED Silver Certification is expected.  
“When the new Francis Gregory Library opens, people will be pleased to find many of the things that they have grown to love, like hand dancing, will still happen." says Ginnie Cooper.  “With new books, more computers and spaces for popular programs like lap sit story times, this new library will support education from birth to 24 and beyond.”

The new library was designed by award-winning architecture team of Adjaye & Associates and Wiencek Associates.  Hess Construction, Inc will partner with Broughton Development, LLC to build the new library under the Library's Mentor-Protégé program. Developed with the DC Department of Local Small Business Development, the program partners small certified local businesses with larger businesses to create more opportunities for smaller firms to work on government contracts.  
The total project cost is estimated to be $13,379,000.  An interim library is located at 2100 36th Place, S.E. (next to the Anne Beers Elementary School).