The public is getting its first glimpse of a new plan to redevelop Washington’s Eastern Market Metro Plaza into a town square and park, an idea that has been contemplated for the past several years.

The $45 million project from the architectural firm Esocoff & Associates includes revamped median strips along Pennsylvania Avenue, a new entrance for the Southeast Neighborhood Library, a new playground with picnic tables and improved lighting.

Details of an open house that was held Saturday are in the Capitol Hill Corner and The Hill, two online publications serving the neighborhood. Another public meeting is scheduled for Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The design team will be present, and public input will be taken into account in a final plan to be presented in September, according to the Capitol Hill Corner.

The plan can be viewed here.

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