After indefinitely delaying a $47.4 million project for a STEM-focused public library, county supervisors plan to redirect that money into road projects and parks.
That money will now be used to move up project schedules for the Broad Run Stream Valley Linear Park and the Dulles South Neighborhood Park, along with work on Braddock Road and Evergreen Mills Road.
Originally, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math library would have started receiving funding in fiscal year 2021, which begins July 2020. Loudoun Public Library Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Miller said in concept it would be located at the Academies of Loudoun and expand the reach of what Loudoun’s library system offers with a STEM-focused collection, meeting rooms, state-of-the-art technology and equipment, and a 500-seat auditorium. Supervisors on the county finance committee, many of whom said they had never heard of the project before, instead directed that project be put on hold and the money spent elsewhere.
The county’s six-year capital plan still includes $4.43 million in fiscal year 2024, the last year of the plan, for design work.
On a request by Supervisor Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge), county staff members also proposed moving money from the county’s intersection improvement program to plans for a roundabout at Rt. 50 and Trailhead Drive, moving that project up two years to begin in fiscal year 2020, which begins this July, and moving its scheduled completion up two years to fiscal year 2021.
The committee also unanimously recommended issuing $15 million in debt—some of it beyond the county’s general policy on limiting debt—for the planned Children’s Science Center at Kincora, contingent on signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the project.