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Newhall buildings soon to be demolished

Construction of new library to replace structures expected to start next summer, finish by 2012

Posted: September 17, 2009 10:31 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.

This artist's rendering shows the new library planned for the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Main Street. City officials hope to have the building completed by 2012 and will be built with a stone-and-timber design.


Santa Clarita is getting ready to knock down three prominent buildings in downtown Newhall to make way for a 30,000 square foot library, city officials said Thursday.

Demolition of the buildings near the corner of Lyons Avenue and Main Street may start within two weeks, Senior Engineer Harry Corder said.

The city bought the soon-to-be-razed buildings within the past year.

They were formerly home to a piercing shop, a pet-grooming business, a dentist's office and an auto-parts store.

Corder said he expects construction of the new, multi-million dollar library could begin by next summer. It will be about five times bigger than the one located at Walnut and 9th streets.

"It's really being designed in some respects as a link ... between the residents and the downtown Newhall area," said Community Development Director Paul Brotzman. "I think it's going to be an extremely attractive building which will fit very comfortably with the architectural style of downtown Newhall."

The library is expected to be finished by 2012, and will be built with a stone-and-timber design.

Irvine-based LPA, Inc., the firm hired by the city, is about to begin preparing detailed design drawings, Community Development Director Paul Brotzman said.

LPA has designed libraries for cities including Mission Viejo, Orange and Temecula. The library will be owned by the city, but operated by the Los Angeles County Library System.

Development of the new library will involve some relationship-building with neighboring property owners.

The American Legion post at the corner of Spruce and 11th streets will be directly adjacent to the new library, and Corder envisioned some sort of landscaping to tie the two together.

Additionally, the library complex will essentially be built around the former Newhall jail, a small stucco building at 24522 Spruce St.

Regarding the demolition of the buildings owned by the city, Corder said it will not only prepare the area for construction, but spruce up Spruce Street.

"It's really going to punch up the area when they're all gone," he said.

The goal for city officials, he said, is to "always be having something going on, showing potential developers or (property) owners we're doing all we can to clean up the area."


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