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Progress on Park, New Police Station and Libraries

Work on the two new libraries, one in Montclair and another in Gainesville, is scheduled to begin soon; construction of Fuller Heights Park is scheduled to be completed in June with field sodding to follow; and plans for the Central District Police Station are coming along.

Thomas Bruun, the director of the Prince William County Department of Public Works, recently presented this information to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. Bruun said that contracts have been awarded to build the libraries. Construction is scheduled to begin in late May or early June with completion scheduled by September 2015. The two buildings will be environmentally friendly, Bruun said.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a certification program that recognizes strategies to construct green buildings. The LEED Program has four levels of certification, which include certified, silver, gold and platinum. The libraries, Bruun said, will meet LEED silver certification levels.

Prince William Supervisor Maureen S. Caddigan’s Potomac District includes the Montclair Library, and she said people are waiting enthusiastically for the library to open. “The new library will support citizens regionally and throughout the Potomac District. The entire community looks forward to this long-awaited asset. This is good news.”

The Gainesville Library will be in Supervisor Pete Candland’s district. He said people in the Gainesville are keen to have a new library, as well.

“I am pleased with the progress the county is making with the construction of the two libraries. The citizens in the Gainesville and Montclair Districts have wanted this for a long time, and I am happy we are finally able to deliver on a promise that was made eight years ago,” Candland said. The libraries are part of a 2006 bond referendum. “A library is more than a building with books; it’s a social center for members of a community to come together. The libraries will be a tremendous benefit to both communities.”

According to Bruun, people should be able to hit the fields at Fuller Heights Park later this year. The fields at the park will get sod in June rather than seeding, which means people will be able to use them sooner, Bruun said. “The good news is that it enables us to start playing on the fields this fall rather than next spring, so the park can actually open this fall.”

People are also eager for Fuller Heights Park to open, said Caddigan, whose district includes the park. “Sports teams will have the use of multiple diamonds in the park. The availability of play on those fields this fall is an exciting prospect.”

A bathroom facility and concession building at the fields are being designed now and are scheduled to open in the spring 2015, Bruun said.

Bruun also told the board that the design for the Central District Police Station will be completed by the end of 2014, with permitting and advertising for bids to build the station to follow in the spring. A contract should be awarded in May or June of next year, and construction should be completed by October 2016.

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