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From The Washington Post:
The D.C. Public Library tonight unveiled renderings of a reimagined Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, our central downtown library.
The design, done for DCPL by the North Carolina-based Freelon Group, implements the concepts contemplated by a blue-ribbon Urban Land Institute panel earlier this year — that is, a thorough overhaul of the existing Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed building featuring two new stories that would accommodate high-priced office space that could help finance the project.
So is it doable? Can the city afford it? Local real estate maven Jair Lynch told the board a full renovation would cost the city $9 to $13 million yearly for 30 years, while setting out several financing options — some of which involve selling the building to a private party and leasing back the library space.
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