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Historic Carnegie Library Redevelopment Planning Underway

Wed., Jul 23 (11am-12:30pm): The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), in coordination with Events DC which operates the Convention Center across the street (and is now responsible for the Carnegie Library building also), will be holding a “consultation” meeting -– open to the public — for the proposed redevelopment at the Carnegie on Mt. Vernon Square (enter on K St., bet. 7th & 9th Sts., NW)

NCPC’s notice of this meeting included the following project background summary:

“Events DC, representing the District of Columbia, and in partnership with the SpyMuseum, proposes to rehabilitate the public space of Mount Vernon Square and renovate and expand the Carnegie Library building. The proposed project would improve the circulation patterns of Mount Vernon Square; provide green space for play areas and outdoor gatherings; add retail and café uses; incorporate a new, state of the art Visitor Center for the District of Columbia; provide new, renovated headquarters for the Historical Society of Washington, DC; and provide museum exhibit space to accommodate the relocation of the International Spy Museum to the Carnegie Library. The proposed project will be reviewed by NCPC under the National Capital Planning Act as a District of Columbia project located in the Central Area. NCPC’s review and action on the project is an Undertaking subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. NCPC is also preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project to fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss modifications made to the proposed project since the last consulting parties meeting held on May 14, 2014. In addition, the meeting will include a discussion of NCPC’s determination of adverse effects that will be transmitted to the District of Columbia State Historic Preservation Officer later this month.”