Planning for New Cleveland Park Library

The Cleveland Park Library is slated to be rebuilt beginning in the Fall of 2015 with a budget of $18.6M. Construction is anticipated to take three years. Specifics about an interim library have not yet been determined.

DC Public Library has completed pre-design analysis and has issued a Request for Proposal to select a contractor. A panel to choose the architect will include members of the Cleveland Park Community.

Cleveland Park residents and library users are invited to participate in the planning process. Two public meetings are currently scheduled:

Hosted by Friends of the Cleveland Park Library, this meeting will feature presentations by DCPL’s new executive director, Richard Reyes-Gavilan, and Jeff Bonvecchio, Director of Capital Projects Facilities Management.

Cleveland Park Citizens Association’s monthly membership meeting will feature a discussion of plans for the library.

Both meetings will be held in the first floor meeting room of the library.

DCPL’s Building Cost Benefit Assessment is at:

Notice of Special Meeting

Special Meeting on Coppi’s Resolution

When: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 4:00 PM
Where: Cleveland Park Library, 2nd floor meeting room

The sole purpose of this meeting will be to discuss and vote on a resolution which the CPCA board introduced at the membership meeting on January 15th with respect to on-going conversations that we are having with the owner of Coppi’s Organic Restaurant.

As elaborated in the motion (, Coppi’s has asked to modify its existing alcoholic beverage license by extending its weekday (Sun-Thu) hours from 10PM to 2AM and its weekend (Fri-Sat) hours from 11PM to 2AM, and it has applied for an Entertainment Endorsement so that it might offer live music and spoken word performances from 6PM until 2AM every night.

While CPCA has long worked to encourage diverse and vibrant dining alternatives for local residents and visitors and welcomes Coppi’s to that mix, some CPCA members and other local residents have expressed deep concerns about the growth of the “nightlife industry” on the Connecticut Avenue commercial strip in Cleveland Park and its adverse consequences for the peace, order, and quiet, and noise, litter, and parking in the neighborhood.

The CPCA board decided to explore ways in which Coppi’s owner’s desires for the restaurant and such concerns might be reconciled in compromise with one another. He will be invited to the special membership meeting to discuss his hopes and plans for the restaurant before a vote is taken on the resolution.

January Letter from the President

The January Letter from the President is now available. Click here to read the letter.

January Membership and Community Meeting

Councilmember Mary Cheh and the State of DC

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
6:30 PM – CPCA Business Meeting
7:00 PM – Community Meeting
Where: Cleveland Park Library, 1st floor meeting room

Our guest speaker at our January meeting will be Councilmember Mary Cheh who will present an update on the state of the city and the Council following the recent elections, as well as answer questions from the audience.