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An Apple store may be coming to the historic Carnegie Library downtown, but because of current conditions, it won’t be anytime soon.
Local sports and convention authority Events DC, which uses the library for galas, weddings, and the like, said in a statement late Thursday afternoon that it was closing the facility on a temporary basis “out of an abundance of caution” after mold was found in two areas. Greg O’Dell, the CEO of Events DC, added that the authority had been performing environmental testing on the library, which will continue in other parts of it “to ensure that the building is safe.” The group is coordinating with the Historical Society of Washington, which has offices in the library, and clients who had scheduled events there, O’Dell explained. The facility is about 63,000 square feet and located directly across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on K Street NW.
“The Carnegie Library is an integral part of the 200-year history of Mount Vernon Square and serves residents and visitors alike,” he said. “We take the safety of our buildings seriously and will continue to make repairs and address concerns as quickly as possible.”
No word yet on how long the closure could last.