Construction work stopped in the Brambleton Town Center this morning for just long enough to give county leaders and the community’s development team a moment to formally celebrate the launch of the county’s newest library.
Brambleton’s developer is building the library, which will occupy two floors of a new four-story commercial office building in the core of its popular town center.
Bill Fox, who leads Brambleton’s development team, said the overall project will cost about $22 million.
“We wanted to make this commitment to the county and to the community,” he said. “I want to make it very special.”
Under the plan, the developer will design, build and furnish the library. The county will lease it from Brambleton starting next fiscal year and in FY 2019, and would take ownership of the space in FY 2020, paying a $7.1 million development fee to Brambleton. The agreement will allow the library to open three years earlier and at a lower cost than if the county government built it.
Supervisors Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) and Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) joined in Fridays’ groundbreaking ceremony.
Buffington was serving on the Brambleton HOA board when planning for the library began. Volpe previously served on the Loudoun County Library Board. Both credited Fox for his leadership in making the project happened.
“It was very creative. Everybody is happy about it,” Buffington said of both the construction partnership and the overall design of the building. Universal community support for a development project is something supervisors rarely experience, he noted. He also pointed out that once the 40,000-square-foot facility opens, the county’s library system will have more than 1 million books on its shelves.
“This has been an amazing collaboration. This is the perfect example of the county working with business to bring forward a very much needed facility for our residents,” Volpe said. “We are very blessed to have Bill Fox and his team, who look beyond themselves and want to do what is best for the community. Bringing this facility forward is a shining example of what it is to be a true community partner.”
Like the Gum Spring Library, which was developed using a similar collaborative model with Stone Ridge developer Van Metre, the Brambleton Library will include much more than bookshelves. In addition to technology access, gaming rooms and community meeting spaces, the library will have a purpose-built makers space—including 3D printers and a recording/mixing studio—an interactive discovery wall and an outdoor children’s play area. The library also will feature an expanded collection of Hindi and international books.