Friday, December 19, 2008

Community Center-Library Combo Coming to Deanwood

Mayor Fenty was joined by representatives from the DC City Council, DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and DC Public Libraries (DCPL) this week to break ground on the new Deanwood Community Center and Library. After issuing a RFP back in October, the Banneker Ventures-led development team selected Forney Enterprises, Inc. to serve as general contractor on the project. The double duty community center is being designed by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects.

The $33 million project will stand on the same parcel as its dilapidated predecessor, at 49th and Quarles Streets, NE. The new 63,000 square foot DCC, however, promises to be anything but ramshackle with planned amenities that include an indoor swimming pool, gym, game room, daycare center and fully stocked library – the latter being a product of a collocation agreement reached between DPR and DCPL. “[This]…represents an innovative approach to design that urban areas across the country are employing in order to provide residents a variety of services in restricted public space,” said DPR Director Clark E. Ray. The new LEED-certified DCC plans to open its doors in the summer of 2010.


IMGoph on Dec 21, 2008, 12:00:00 PM said...

awesome! it's good to see that the district is starting to think of synergy when it comes to placing social goods together in one place like this.

Anonymous said...

Yes -- in Tenleytown, we asked for a public-public partnership (between DCPS, DCPL, and DPR) at the library/Janney Elementary site, but DMPED wanted condos there instead and DCPL didn't want to get mired in DCPS politics (it did anyway, because of the public-private proposals).

The Stoddert/DPR public-public project looks promising as well.

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