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Fairfax library chief: New projects moving ahead as planned

New facilities in Vienna, Kingstowne on the horizon

Design plans for the planned new Patrick Henry Library in Vienna, along with a parking structure that also would be used for public parking, are on track to be finalized and presented to the Vienna Town Council this fall, said Jessica Hudson, director of Fairfax County Public Library.

The Vienna town and Fairfax County governments jointly are participating in the project, which will replace the heavily used library with a larger one and provide the town with more municipal parking in its commercial core.

Library system officials and other Fairfax County officials on March 9 also broke ground on a facility in Franconia District that will contain a new Kingstowne Regional Library and Franconia Governmental Center. The site, which officials expect will open in 2025, also will house a police district station, Franconia District supervisor’s office, Franconia Museum, an Active Adult Center and a 10,000-square-foot childcare center.

“I’m just delighted that we’re able to co-locate in this space to make it really easy for residents to access a bunch of different county services,” Hudson said.