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Silver Spring Library final design revealed tonight

November 30, 2010 - 05:00 AM
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Silver Spring Library
Don't get too comfortable with this design -- changes could be in store. (Image: Courtesy of Lukmire Partnership, Inc.)

At long last the Silver Spring Library's final design will be revealed.

The project as originally designed is $3 million over budget, so officials have been quite busy over the past few months figuring out ways to reduce costs while keeping community concerns in mind. Tonight they will present their final design at a community meeting.

The actual library won't begin until the third floor of the building. The rest of the building at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street will house community meeting rooms, a coffee shop, and artist studios.

Here's the latest on what we know the final design will include: a three-story, crisscrossing escalator rather than a straight escalator up; no pedestrian bridge but space for it in the future; and curtain wall glass.

And what don't we know for certain yet? How many floors the building will end up having. Montgomery County Department of General Services director David Dise has said that cutting the sixth floor, planned to house county Health and Human Services offices, is still on the table as a cost-cutting measure.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the current Silver Spring Library at 8901 Colesville Road.

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