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West End Library and Fire Station Officially Break Ground

On Monday, Mayor Vincent Gray hosted the official groundbreaking ceremony on 2301 L Street, NW, to welcome in construction of what looks like glassy Jenga blocks doing the twist. This innovative, undulating design will be located in West End and will include two complexes of mixed-use development. What you can expect is a 21,000-square-foot library and a fire station topped by four stories of affordable units.

The library will include 7,300-square-feet of retail along with 164 market-rate units, ranging from condos to rentals. The fire station will include 55 affordable units along with "Squash on Fire," a state-of-the-art squash facility with eight courts and a full-service restaurant. Take a closer look inside the library with more renderings here.

According to Greater Greater Washington, "The library project [will] be built on three adjacent parcels along L Street NW between 23rd and 24th Streets ... [and] the fire station project [will be built] on a smaller single parcel at the corner of 23rd and M Streets NW." The squash club will be open to the public on an hourly basis and will feature designated spectator seating. The project will also construct a below-grade garage with 202 spaces as well as 108 bike parking spaces in the garage and in the front of the property.

· West End projects bring architectural flair to DC [Greater Greater Washington]
· Massive West End Development Will Now Include Squash Courts [Curbed DC]
· West End Library Saga Reveals D.C. Development's Robin Hood [Curbed DC]
· First Look: Designs for the West End Library [Curbed DC]