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Demolition under way for Newhall library

Structure expected to be completed in three years

Posted: September 30, 2009 10:10 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Unlimited Environmental Inc. employee Richard Miller demolishes what used to be the White Light Chiropractic office on Spruce Street in Newhall on Wednesday while co-worker Ralph Pineda walks around the rubble. The building is being cleared for the future site of the Newhall Library expected to be completed in 2012.

Demolition crews swung into action Wednesday, destroying Newhall buildings that stood where the city plans to erect a new library by 2012.

By late afternoon, a pile of dusty rubble lay where once stood buildings housing a piercing shop, a pet-grooming business and a dentist's office.

On Friday or Monday, crews will begin razing the building that was home to CarQuest Auto Parts, said Santa Clarita Senior Engineer Harry Corder.

The city purchased the buildings over the last few years and plans to develop the property with a 30,000-square-foot library to replace the existing one at the corner of 9th and Walnut streets.

City officials expect that construction of the new library - which will be owned by the city and run by the county library system - could begin by next summer.

As part of the development, city officials have said they intended to incorporate the adjacent American Legion post and the former Newhall jail, most recently home to Antique Flower Garden.


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