Demolition of the Benning Neighborhood Library, located at 3935 Benning Road NE, began early this Monday morning and is expected to continue for four weeks until the site is completely leveled. Plans for the new structure are still undecided; the original design has been ditched and the architects for the site, Davis Brody Bond, have been forced to go back to the drawing board.
What is clear is that the new site will be the home of a 20,000-s.f. standalone library costing an estimated $14 million - including demolition, design, construction, equipment and supplies for the new library. Sources close to the process indicate that although a final design of the library has not yet been decided upon, the project management team is striving for LEED Silver certification, the third highest rating for "green" buildings. A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 at the library's interim site, 4101 Benning Road, to garner public input on the final design of the future structure.