Planning Costs for Westover and Shirlington Libraries Exceeded Construction Costs
According to an employee in the Arlington County Manager's Office planning costs exceeded the brick-and-mortar construction costs of both the Shirlington and Westover branch libraries. Arlington voters approved an $8 million bond referendum in 1998 to construct new libraries in Westover and Shirlington. The Shirlington branch library was completed in 2006, after being delayed for several years by the Signature Theater, which shares the same building. The new Westover branch library is scheduled to open on October 31st, 11 years after voters approved its construction.