Montgomery County Government
Department of General Services
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Funding/Expenditure Schedule: APPROVED
This project will be constructed in 2 phases.
Phase 1 - Early site package to include relocation of Hermitage Avenue, Demolition of Wheaton Youth Center building, installation of utilities and retaining walls.
Highway and Safety Service, Inc.(HSS) has completed demolition of above ground structure of the Wheaton Youth Center and is in process of demolishing the foundations. HSS has begun foundation work for the retaining wall at existing Wheaton Library parking lot in order to construct the relocated Hermitage Avenue. Phase 1 work will be completed in fall of 2016.
Phase 2 – Existing Library demolition, new building construction and development of adjacent park.
Sealed bids were received by the County on July 28th and recommendation to award the contract to apparent low bidder has been forwarded to Procurement. Construction for Phase 2 is slated to begin in late fall of 2016.
This facility will combine a new Wheaton Library and a new Wheaton Community Recreation Center in one building. This combined facility would provide the community with a library and community recreation center that would be equivalent to comparable libraries and recreation centers with similar service needs throughout the rest of the county. The project will include the combining of redundant spaces offered by both facilities, such as lobbies, meeting rooms, and restrooms, into shared spaces. The use of shared spaces could reduce the overall building size, which allows for reuse of the existing site.
The site that has been chosen for this facility is a combination of the existing two sites for the Wheaton Community Recreation Center and the Wheaton Library. Some of the site issues to be studied include impacts to the adjacent residential neighborhood by relocating existing roads and access, determining how storm water management can be provided, and preparing concept layouts for the building and parking on the new combined site.