The new Silver Spring library project has been in progress for well over a decade now, and we're still only at the point of selecting a contractor to actually build it (Foulger-Pratt? Only if Facchina Construction gets to pour the concrete!). Bids were due yesterday, and supposedly a groundbreaking will occur by the end of November. Once construction starts it will take two years before the library is actually open for business. Of course, that was also the stated timeframe for the as-yet-unopened transit center when work began on that project four years ago.
Meawhile across the border, construction of a library does not appear to be a generational project, as the District has recently built or renovated dozens of libraries while we've spent time holding multiple hearings over superfluous skybridges. And these new libraries aren't just nondescript boxes, either - the District government has made a point of investing in architecturally noteworthy structures.
Here's just a small sampling of neighborhood libraries built around D.C. just in the past few years (there's more).
And here's our new library:
I don't know what my point is - maybe just to reiterate the ridiculousness that is the glacial pace of construction around here when it comes to public buildings. Entire Chinese cities have been built since this project began.