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Library Renovation

About the Library Renovation

This project entails the renovation and  expansion of the Takoma Park Library. To view the most recent concept designs under consideration in the FY18 Proposed Budget, click this link.

Current Project Status

At their regular meeting on January 27, 2016, the Council voted to defer a decision on the then current Library concept design for several months, pending further review and discussion.

At their April 13 Work Session the Council directed the architect to further revise the proposed concept drawing, with a view toward additional expansion and a more attractive exterior design, which were favored by some Council members.

Two new concepts were discussed by the Council with the architect at  their July 13 Work Session. They included additional expansion toward Philadelphia and Maple Avenues, enclosure of part of the area above the Police parking lot for a public lounge, more space for young adult books and more interesting exterior designs.

At their July 27 Meeting, Council Members voted unanimously to direct the City Manager to contract with The Lukmire Partnership to proceed with detailed design development on the new concepts in the current fiscal year. A decision on holding a referendum as part of the FY17 election before going forward with actual renovation was deferred, pending further review.

The FY18 proposed Budget contains funding for completion of the concept design, detailed design development, construction of a renovated and expanded Library, and relocation of collections and services during construction, at a total cost of approximately $7,000,000.  In March of 2017, the City was awarded $150,000 in Bond Bill Funding.  In June of 2017, following two public hearings on the Budget, the City Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the Library Renovation, and the subsequent borrowing of $7,000,000. through the Maryland State infrastructure Loan Program.   A schedue of loan payments is here included.

Project Lead & Contact Info

Ellen Arnold-Robbins
Library Director
Phone: 301-891-7258
Email: EllenR@takomaparkmd.gov

Library Renovation Details

Project Info & Timeline

  • Target completion date: Undetermined
  • Takoma Park’s role in project: Lead
  • Departments involved: Library

Budget & Funding Source

Budget: $400,000 in FY 17 for detailed design development, following adoption of a final concept design
Funding Source: CIP – General Fund

Links & Notes

In their FY16 budget, the Takoma Park City Council  provided the opportunity for significant improvements to the Takoma Park Maryland Library facility, by approving funds for detailed design development focused on options for renovation and possible building expansion. This process comes after comprehensive space planning, Council presentations, public meetings, and the development of varied conceptual designs by The Lukmire Partnership.

What follows are links, presented in reverse chronological order, to a series of planning measures, reports, and community meetings that have led, over the past two years, to the options currently proposed. The latest concept designs are also included ahead of the timeline.

Library Renovation Survey

Please take the very short Library Renovation Survey after reviewing the Concept Designs & Renovation Options.

2017 Updates

March 31- City Awarded $150,000 Maryland Bond Bill grant.

March 13-  City officials participated in a Maryland Bond Bill Hearing to secure a $150,000 grant.

January 5-Topographical and utility survey done by our architect.

2016 Updates

Chart of many previously considered design alternatives, with information on square footage, cost, illustrations and analysis. (PDF)

July 20 – The Lukmire Partnership has provided an Estimated Construction Costs slide.

July 7 – Images and video walkthrough produced by The Lukmire Partnership detailing two design options that are currently under consideration in the FY18 Proposed Budget.

January 7 – Second public meeting with new concept design. (Video)

2015 Updates

December 16 – Public meeting with new concept design. (Video)

October 29 – Greg Lukmire presented a modified concept design to the City Council, which incorporated their recommendations. PowerPoint presentation to the Takoma Park City Council on October 29, 2015.

February 9 – The Lukmire Partnership’s presentation to the Takoma Park City Council, February 9, 2015. (Video)

February 9 – Final report of The Lukmire Partnership: “Design of Interior Space – Takoma Park Maryland Library” (PDF) This report details the entire process undertaken by The Lukmire Partnership in its contract with the City, its conclusions and recommendations, including options for Library renovation and possible expansion, with their costs.

2014 Updates

December 9 – Second Public Meeting with Greg Lukmire. (Video) At this meeting the space needs program of requirements, and renovation/ expansion options were discussed.

October 8 – First public meeting with the Lukmire Partnership. (Video) There were surveys administered to the approximately 38 people who attended this meeting, asking what their preferences and priorities were for the Library space.

January 23 – In November of 2013 Providence Associates conducted seven “community conversations” (or focus groups) with Library and City Management staff, City Council members, and 35 residents who were Library users and representative of the demographics of Takoma Park. In addition, an on-line survey elicited 252 responses, with 212 open-ended comments. Major recommendations of the report were:

  1. A new integrated library system (ILS);
  2. A program of aggressive weeding of collections, reducing their contents to what is most up-to-date, pertinent and viable, with improved access to materials;
  3. Planning for additional and/or renovated space and re-design of the Library building.

The full report is available as a PDF: “Community Needs Assessment and Visioning for a 21st Century Public Library,” January 23, 2014. (PDF, prepared by Providence Associates, Laura Isenstein, Principal.)

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