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The Vienna Town Council on Sept. 17 unanimously agreed to spend up to $75,000 to finance the town’s portion of a joint feasibility study with Fairfax County regarding a potential parking structure at Patrick Henry Library.

The county and town will split the up-to-$150,000 cost for the study, which will consider library renovations and the possible construction of a four-level, 350-space parking garage at the site. Vienna would finance 250 of those spaces for public use.

County officials expect to issue the contract for the analysis in mid-October and the final results will be available by late March next year, town officials said. The Vienna Town Council likely will be able to review conceptual designs for the project this coming January.

Located at 101 Maple Ave., E., the 13,817-square-foot library was built in 1971 and last renovated in 1995. It is one of the two most heavily used community libraries in the county’s system, effectively operating at the level of a small regional library.

That patronage and associated parking demands probably will grow, given the proximity of rapidly growing Tysons, said town officials, who also hope to expand parking opportunities along the town’s primary commercial area.

“The lack of parking is limiting the Town’s redevelopment and economic revitalization efforts along Maple Avenue,” Vienna Town Manager Mercury Payton wrote in a 2017 letter to Fairfax Deputy County Executive Rob Stalzer.

Patrick Henry Library now has 65 parking spaces and county officials plan to ask for funding in the county’s 2022 bond referendum to bring that total to 100 spaces and expand the library to 20,000 square feet.

Vienna will wait for the feasibility study’s results next spring to determine what the town’s parking needs are and what contribution Vienna would make toward that project, said Marion Serfass, the town’s finance director.

The library parking facility would not be the only municipal-parking option in the town’s quiver. The Town Council on June 4 agreed to pay up to $4.6 million for the second floor of a four-story commercial-condominium building that will be constructed by Mill Street Development One LLC at 223-241 Mill St., N.E. The town will use its portion of the building to provide 121 public parking spaces.

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