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The city is now considering the creation of affordable housing in redeveloping the West End Branch Library, according to members of the design team who unveiled the plan as part of the city’s “programming study” for the branch library that kicked off virtually Thursday, Oct. 22, with the first of several planned meetings.

The city’s Public Facilities Department, working in concert with the Boston Public Library and Ann Beha Architects, is undertaking the approximately 12-month study to evaluate the existing conditions of the West End Branch, which opened in the 1960s, as well as to plan for the future of the library over the next half-century.

Charles River Park and West End Neighborhoods

Besides serving the between 25,000 and 26,000 residents of the West End (Charles River Park), the library has also been the main branch for many families on Beacon Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as for the Mass General community

The West End Branch only occupies about one-third of the 7,000 square-foot site footprint, Chen added, while the library itself occupies around 10,000 gross square feet, with nearly 3,000 square feet of that space located in the basement.

Source: Beacon Hill Times

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