Chevy Chase Library Building Project

Show the project location in google map 8005 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Site plan

Capital Improvements Program Schedule.

Project Team

Developer
Global LifeSci Development Corporation

Jonathan Genn
(301) 622-0100

Montgomery County Government
Department of General Services


Office of Planning and Development
Ronnie Warner, Chief
240-777-6071

The Chevy Chase Library was originally included in the approved CIP for Library Refurbishments. The Library Refurbishment level of effort (LOE) project provides a structured process to modernize all 21 library branches over 20 years with new technologies and service delivery improvements which reflect the latest in 21st century library trends at much less costs than renovations. Before each library refurbishment, DGS completes a building analysis. During the building analysis for the Chevy Chase Library, the County learned that the cost to renovate the Chevy Chase Library far exceeds the budget allotted in the approved CIP for Library Refurbishments. The facility assessment completed in November 2019 included a comprehensive evaluation of all building systems, ADA access, hazardous materials and site conditions, along with an order of magnitude cost estimate for recommended remediation over the near and long terms. The analysis was revised in March 2021 to correct a discrepancy between the Order of Magnitude Cost Estimate Summary in the Executive Summary of the report and the costs included in the body of the report. After review by the consultant, it was determined that the Order of Magnitude Cost Estimate Summary was correct and adjustments were made to the balance of references in the report.

Given the extensive renovations required, the County decided to explore the possibility of leveraging the property for residential development thereby offsetting the costs of a replacement library on site. On April 1, 2020 the County issued a Request for Developer Expressions of Interest (RFDEOI) for the Chevy Chase Library site. The RFDEOI was not a formal solicitation to gather and evaluate proposals, its purpose was to evaluate interest from the development community. The County initially planned to host a community forum to discuss the solicitation in Summer 2020, but could not due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the public was invited to leave comments under the Comments tab to facilitate public comment and feedback. We continue to welcome public comments on this project. All input received to date is posted for review.

DGS and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) staff attended a virtual meeting of the Friends of the Library, Chevy Chase Chapter on November 17, 2020. DGS staff made a brief presentation, providing a status update and answering questions. More than 70 people attended the Zoom meeting. DGS stated that the goal is to develop options for the Chevy Chase Library that the County Executive could consider for the FY23-28 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). One possible scenario is full-scale renovation of the existing 16,000 square foot library. The second scenario might include a newly constructed 20,000 square foot library achieved through a public-private partnership and a mixed-use project to include residential development to offset the costs of a replacement library on site.

On October 16 and October 20, 2021, DGS-OPD and MCPL held informal drop-in sessions at the library to present these two scenarios to community members and receive feedback. After reviewing the posters and asking questions, community members could fill out survey cards indicating which scenario they prefer. The same questions asked on the survey cards were available through an online survey, which was open until Monday, November 15, 2021. To learn more about the office hours, please click the October Office Hours tab. We are continuing to receive feedback via the Comments tab on this website. DGS and MCPL will brief the County Executive on community input later this year.

The Site is approximately 2.07 acres and is improved with a split-level public library containing approximately 16,300 square feet on two floors and approximately 105 surface parking spaces. The library was built in 1965 and is in need of major repairs and upgrades. Access to the flag-shaped parcel is from both Connecticut Avenue and Dunlop Street. The Site is zoned R-90.

March 2021 Updated Facility Assessment (adjustments made in body of report to correspond with Order of Magnitude Cost Estimate Summary in Executive Summary)
December 2020 Montgomery County Library Refresh and Renovation Project Costs
August 2020 Developer Response Summary
July 22, 2020 Letter from the Chevy Chase Fire Department
March 24, 2020 Letter to the Library Community from MCPL
March 17, 2020 Letter to the Library Community from MCPL
April 1, 2020 Request for Developer Expressions of Interest

Comments Received To Date

Received October 1, 2021 to Present - Community Comments
Received at Office Hours Event - Community Comments
Received September to December 2020 - Community Comments
September 2, 2020 Letter from a Village of Chevy Chase Resident
July-October, 2020 Correspondence from the Committee on the Future of the Chevy Chase Library
May-June 2020 Community Comments Sent to Friends of the Library

We invite the public to leave comments below to facilitate public comment and feedback. All input received to date will be posted here for review as well. The Department of General Services will not make any recommendations until the community has had ample opportunity to provide input. There are no decisions pending or imminent.

OPD and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) held informal drop-in sessions to present two scenarios to community members and receive feedback on October 16 and October 20, 2021. One possible scenario is full-scale renovation of the existing 16,000 square foot library. The second scenario might include a newly constructed 20,000 square foot library achieved through a public-private partnership and a mixed-use project to include residential development to offset the costs of a replacement library on site.

After reviewing the posters and asking questions, community members could fill out survey cards indicating which scenario they prefer. The four posters below were displayed at the Chevy Chase Library during the office hours. Please click each picture to enlarge.

The same questions asked on the survey cards were available through an online survey which was open until Monday, November 15, 2021.  We are continuing to receive feedback via the Comments tab on this website.

Information collected from the office hours, survey and comments received will be used to determine the next steps for the library.

Redevelopment - 1st Poster
Redevelopment - 2nd Poster
Renovation - 1st Poster
Renovation - 2nd Poster