Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – Renovation Principles
- The DC Public Library (DCPL) will optimize the utilization of the historic landmarked Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as a central library. This may result in adding an additional 5th floor suite for use by the library to accommodate the library program.
- DCPL will emphasize the programmatic needs of District residents in the renovation of the building while recognizing that a downtown central library will also serve as a destination in the Nation’s Capital.
- DCPL will focus on how the building and its library services interact with the surrounding neighborhood including, but not limited to, neighbors, tourists, and vulnerable populations.
- DCPL will seek mixed-use options. For instance, mixed use within the structure where library services occur and/or mixed-use with an addition above. All mixed-use options will be judged from a financial, programmatic and ownership framework.
- DCPL will respect and honor the landmark including its interaction with the appropriate regulatory bodies.
- DCPL will respect and honor the historical significance of the building and the legacy of its namesake Martin Luther King Jr. by encouraging a design that ensures the vitality and functionality of the building as a 21st Century center for learning, community and exploration.
To see the Mixed-Use Real Estate Projects Policy - May 28, 2014