Stormwater management not needed behind library
The county's Department of Environmental Protection says it will not conduct stormwater management work behind the Aspen Hill Library after learning more about expansion plans for the facility.
The project is part of a countywide effort to retrofit older building sites with stormwater management facilities. More than 50 sites were evaluated and Aspen Hill and Kensington Park libraries were randomly selected as the first two to receive upgrades.
Douglas Marshall, watershed planner for the Department of Environmental Protection, said the Department of General Services told environmental planners that when the library is renovated, it will likely be expanded to the rear of the property and could include up to 5,000 square feet of new building. He said planners also learned that stormwater management was not necessary there because a hill behind the library soaks up rainwater runoff from Landgreen Street before it reaches the building.
Marshall told approximately 15 residents gathered at the library last week for an Aspen Hill Civic Association meeting that the new plan removes a small pit that would have been dug behind the library, fitted with a drain and then filled in with soil, sand, gravel and plants. The county still plans to build the same type of pit, or bioretention garden, on the side of the building by Aspen Hill Road, Marshall said.
Other features of the plan include extending a portion of the curb by Aspen Hill Road and filling it in with vegetation to filter water runoff from the street, installing a drain in the parking lot, planting additional trees, redirecting drains and more, he said.
Marshall said the project, estimated to cost $209,000, will likely begin next fall.
Some residents were also unsure the bioretention garden would look good next to the building and might be mistaken for a weed-filled lot.
Marshall said the county is working with a landscape architect to make the area attractive.
New Web site
The Aspen Hill Civic Association has a new Web site, which is being maintained by Donald Becker, a member of the civic association's board of directors. The site, www.aspenhillcivicassociation.org, is under construction but already contains a short history of Aspen Hill, news items, meeting and activity dates, and more.