Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Wheaton Library and Recreation Center construction behind schedule

Demolition of the Wheaton Library is now complete, and the construction process is now underway for the new Wheaton Library and Recreation Center. However, the latest word is that the project is behind schedule.

Initially, delivery was expected by Summer 2018. The project website has more recently said Spring 2019, which would be 24 months from now. However, this week, Montgomery County Department of General Services Deputy Director Greg Ossont reported that "we're about 30 months out." That would be near the end of 2019, a full 18 months later than the original target date.

I did find what appears to be a new rendering of the rear of the building (or at least, it's new to me), on the project website, and it looks pretty impressive. This is where the circular driveway will be for drop-offs and book returns.

Rendering courtesy Montgomery County


  1. Any word on the completion date for the "refresh" of Aspen Hill Library? Wheaton Interim is an inadequate substitute. Plus the parking there leaves something to be desired.

    1. The staff was allowed inside late last week, but the MCPL Director has not yet announced the opening date. Ironically, the new manager is coming over from Little Falls Library, which also has a refresh severely behind schedule (due to a flood during the closure).