After closing in 2010 and after some construction delays, a new and improved Gaithersburg Library is expected to celebrate its grand re-opening in early 2014.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and other elected officials are expected to mark the occasion with a ribbon cutting Saturday, Jan. 4, county officials announced Tuesday.
The $23 million renovation will nearly double the Library’s size, expand Wi-Fi and computer access and offer more space for children and young adult services. There were also new HVAC, lighting, electrical and pluming systems installed, library officials said in a news release.
The new library will house a satellite office of the Gilchrist Center, the county’s immigrant welcome agency.
Gaithersburg Library was identified for renovation more than 10 years ago, county budget records show. The site was one of the busiest in the county, with foot traffic surpassing 740,000 people in fiscal year 2010, the year it closed for renovations.
In 2011, the county awarded the project to Gaithersburg-based Henley Construction Inc.; the project was expected to take 18 months to complete.
But in fall 2011, project got delayed by permitting and design issues related to storm water
management, Patch reported back in October
The target date was pushed to spring 2013.
But another round of delays
bumped the opening date back farther, county officials told The
Gazette earlier this year.
In the meantime, to try to meet some of the demand, the county leased a temporary space at Lakeforest Mall. The interim library space closed Thursday to allow staff to begin moving materials to the new a space at 18330 Montgomery Village Ave.