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County mulls Castaic Library buy

Posted: November 23, 2013 10:50 p.m.
Updated: November 23, 2013 10:50 p.m.

Those wishing to weigh in on a county proposal to purchase and expand the Castaic Library can do so during a public hearing at Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The hearing, which will be held in Los Angeles, concerns whether the county will exercise its option agreement to buy the Castaic Library, located on Sloan Canyon Road after a series of tenant improvements have been completed.

Supervisors had previously voted to support purchase of the library in October, but must conduct a public hearing and allow citizens the opportunity to comment before moving forward.

The option agreement, made in 2012, includes expanding the existing library building by 5,247 square feet, bringing its square footage up to 12,232, along with 49 parking spaces.

The county would then purchase the building after those improvements are completed, which is projected to be around June 2014. The total cost of the acquisition is estimated at $2,361,500, according to documents on file with the Board of Supervisors.

“Upon exercise of the purchase option, Public Library will save the annual rental cost of $307,190, taxes of $83,766, and insurance of $12,116, for a total annual savings of $403,072,” reads a report on file with the Board of Supervisors.

The expanded library is expected to include an opening-day collection of about 60,000 books and other materials and be equipped with the latest technology.

The library is also expected to include an 80-seat meeting room, group study rooms, a teen center and a children’s area, along with space for digital projects and filmmaking, according to board documents.
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