WASHINGTON, DC—The DC Public Library, whichoriginally estimated it would only need about 200,000 square feetof space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library forlibrary services, has sharpened its pencils and decided it needsconsiderably more space at the 440,000-square-foot building.

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In fact, the DC Library now believes, after receiving more than3,000 comments from the public, that it requires the entirebuilding plus a new fifth floor, according to the WashingtonBusiness Journal. A mixed-use addition on top of the fifth floor isalso an option.

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The renovation of the MLK Library is projected to costapproximately $250 million. The District has committedapproximately $200 million to the renovation.

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The National Capital Planning Commission iscurrently reviewing the project. The District Pubic Library hasbegun the process of seeking interim space, which could be in adowntown office building. See story in the Washington Business Journal.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.