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Final Recommendation and Report


On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the Downtown Library Advisory Committee (DLAC) unanimously voted to recommend Option B, relocating the Downtown Branch Library to a mixed-use project on Cedar, Lincoln, and Cathcart Streets. DLAC had to balance the needs of a 21st century library with the costs of an appropriate facility. The projected cost of this facility is $26.7 million. DLAC's recommendation will now go to the Santa Cruz City Council for consideration.

In its final report, DLAC wrote: Committee members agree that Option B gives the Downtown Branch Library the desired square footage balanced with a fiscally responsible price. The mixed-use building has the potential to be a beautiful and vibrant asset to the community, allowing for new programs and spaces that could increase library usage across all age groups and demographics.

Read the final report.

The recommendation came after six months of a public process which included research, interviews, library visits, and public meetings conducted by the ten-member citizen panel representing a variety of experience and roles in the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' (SCPL) service area. The Committee was supported by Noll & Tam, an architect firm which acted as technical advisor to the group.

Visit the Library's Measure S website to view all the agendas, minutes, and reports generated from the Committee's work.

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Posted by cowend on Feb. 26, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.



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