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DCPL: The New Mt. Pleasant Library is Perfectly Safe and Accessible

From the day the library closed for renovation. (Lydia DePillis)

The day the library closed for renovation. (Lydia DePillis)

A few weeks ago, ANC 1C released a study by Nichols Design Associates arguing that plans for the renovation of the Mt. Pleasant Library–which closed for renovation on April 3–didn't comply with the Americans for Disabilities Act and posed a fire hazard to neighboring buildings. Today, the District of Columbia Public Libraries released its response, by library designer CORE Architects, completely dismissing the ANC's findings. The report is here, and I'll paste the summary below:

CORE Architects’ review found that based on the current design, the library complies with the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Library expects to receive all necessary permits in the coming weeks.

Key components of CORE Architects response include:

Accessibility ramp complies with ADA — Nichols Design Associates chose to review architectural plans for the accessibility ramp instead of the landscape plans.  The landscape plans, which are used to construct the ramp, comply with ADA.

Library provides equal access to all users –  All library users will enter the Mt. Pleasant Library through the same entrance on the side of the building.  The circulation desk is immediately to the left and the elevator immediately to the right upon entering the library.

Library complies with fire safety code and ADA – The Mt. Pleasant Library has multiple paths of egress.  Thus, an area of rescue is not required per ADA guidelines.  Additionally, the Library will have sprinklers throughout the building.

Library design complies with property line zoning codes – All architectural designs are in accordance with the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations which regulates how property can be used.

Now, if only the interim library can avoid having any more vehicles smash into it, things should proceed smoothly.

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  • Wonderman


    * Can DCPL's proposed plans be changed in a way that allows for welcoming and safe access at the front of the library? Does the Nichols report address this issue appropriately?

    * Can DCPL's proposed plans be changed so that they widen and expand emergency access behind the library and to the properties adjacent to the library? Does the Nichols report contend with this issue in a logical way?

    * Do DCPL's proposed plans reflect a broad and logical preservation of both exterior and interior elements which make this historic library unique? Does Patrick Sheary's concerns and those of Historic Mount Pleasant about the interior and exterior library renovation of resound with you?

    Important links (in a prioritized list):

    Nichols Report Conclusions
    >> http://tinyurl.com/anc1c-libreport-conclusions

    Nichols Report Alternative Solutions
    >> http://tinyurl.com/anc1c-libreport-sketches

    Another Alternate Rendering of Accessibility Entrance at Front
    Birds Eye:
    >> http://tinyurl.com/mtpl-aia-alt-entrance-birdseye
    Street View:
    >> http://tinyurl.com/mtpl-aia-alt-entrance-street

    Interior Historic Preservation Concerns
    >> http://tinyurl.com/mtpl-sheary-narrative

    Alternate Expansion Solutions
    >> http://tinyurl.com/mtpl-sheary-expansion-alt

    Historic Mount Pleasant Letter
    >> http://tinyurl.com/mtpl-hmp-jan2010

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    Great a new library for the public, maybe we c

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    CONTINUING: Great a new and improved library for the public. Hopefully with no graffiti from degenerates when it re-opens!

  • lol

    Wow. Somebody's angry. "Nichols Design Associates chose to review architectural plans for the accessibility ramp instead of the landscape plans."

    Is that like when my brother used build model cars [yes i am dating myself] based on the picture on the box and not by following the instructions.

  • http://www.districtdynamos.org/mount_pleasant/petition Chris Otten

    Again, we find DCPL using obfuscation to cloud up the picture. This so called technical glitch is absolutley wrong. If you look at the Nichols report he uses the Landscaping plans to show how the cross-slopes are wrong. DCPL is so silly and by being so is riking that seniors and residents with disabilities will have such a hard time entering this newly renovated library.

  • lol

    While I am not going to dive in the middle of a nerd fight between architects, I do have a question. You said that the Nichols report used the Landscaping plans for the cross slope. Did the report also base the finding that the ramp is too steep and too long on the Landscaping plans?