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George Town Library Community Design Meeting 7-17-08

George Town Library Community Design Meeting 7-17-08

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Georgetown Library Community DesignMeeting 7-17-08
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Community Design Meeting – July 17, 2008Summary of Public CommentsPage 1
 COMMUNITY DESIGN MEETINGSUMMARY & COMPILATION OF PUBLIC COMMENTS
Meeting Date:
Thursday, July 17, 20086:00 - 8:00 PM
Location:
Saint John’s Episcopal ChurchGeorgetown Parish3240 O Street, NWWashington, DC 20007
Meeting Purpose:
Public meeting to provide the community with an opportunity toprovide feedback on the renovation of the GeorgetownNeighborhood Library. A brief overview presentation was given at6:00 pm; following this, Library staff and the design team wasavailable to discuss the project and answer questions. Commentswere collected by comment card and provided verbally duringthe meeting.
 
Meeting Format:
Presentation and interactive workshop format.
 
The presentation included an overview of projectimplementation and a discussion of design options, including aproposed landscape plan.
 
A facilitated discussion allowed participants to providecomments and ask questions of District Library staff and theproject team.
Attendees:
Thirty-one
 
community members added their names to the sign-insheets. Ginnie Cooper, Archie Williams, Jeff Bonvechio, ChrisWright, Barbara Norland, Martha Saccocio, and Elissa Millerrepresented the DC Public Library. Richard Levy represented theDC Library Board of Trustees. Representing the design team wasThomas Johnson and James Reigle of Martinez & Johnson. JeffLee, from Papas & Lee Landscape Architects also was present.The following members of the CirclePoint consulting teamattended the meeting: W. Steve Lee and Tosin Durotoye.
 
 
Community Design Meeting – July 17, 2008Summary of Public CommentsPage 2
 
SUMMARY OF COMMUNITY MEETING COMMENTSLibrary User Issues
 
Please clarify how the children’s books are organized.
Library Design Issues (Exterior)
 
Consider placing street or park furniture on the corner of R Street and WisconsinAvenue, NW.
 
The proposed design expands the library’s footprint to under the new readingterrace.
 
Consider using stones, bricks or other traditional building materials in thelandscaping around the library.
Parking
 
There will be fewer parking spaces at the new library (9 compared to 13). Theadditional space will allow for improved landscaping around the library.
 
Need more than one handicapped accessible parking space.
 
The handicapped parking space location looks steep.
 
The library needs a plan for limiting the number of people who are not librarypatrons but park their vehicles in the library spaces.
 
Parking spaces on the street should be reserved for patrons right in front of library.
Library Design Issues (Interior)
 
Please clarify the capacity and dimension of the community meeting room.
 
Please improve the ambience in the community meeting room.
 
Keeping the children’s room in the basement might give some people in thecommunity pause.
 
Glad the toddler and children’s room is located in the basement where there areseveral exits in case of an emergency.
 
Will the fireplaces work? [Library staff said no.]
 
The periodicals section in the old library was delightful. Please indicate where thisarea be located in the new library.
 
Please include a dedicated wall in the new library where community notices canbe posted.
 
Design should maximize the useable library space by having the stairway take upa little space as possible.
 
Library should install safety features to prevent the Peabody Room from beingaffected by a calamity in the future.
Sustainability
 
The Library is pursuing energy efficient design elements in the renovation. ForLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) purposes, recycling will beencouraged at the new library. As a result, there will be less trash and no needfor a large trash truck to maneuver its way behind the library.

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