D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells, Ward 6, has scheduled a hearing on the future of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library after a report this year recommended the District sell the out-of-date building or renovate it. The roundtable hearing will be held on at 11 a.m. Sept. 27 on the fifth floor of the John A. Wilson Building. Wells chairs the Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation, and Planning.
The central library, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, has been the subject of two recent assessments. The Urban Land Institute in March concluded the current space was too expensive for the city to maintain. The development strategy report suggested selling the building and moving the library or renovating the existing building and leasing part of it out.
The library is a historically protected building, making renovations a little tricky but not impossible.
A follow-up feasibility examination is now being conducted by The Freelon Group and is expected to be finished prior to the hearing.