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City OK's $117K ‘Old West’ re-do for Newhall Library

Community: Mayor calls new look ‘inspiration’ for future of downtown area

Posted: May 12, 2010 9:54 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The new design for old town Newhall's library.

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The planned Newhall Library — which had been criticized for its ski chalet-like appearance — received a $117,000 Western-style makeover that won over Santa Clarita City Council members Tuesday night.

They unanimously approved the $25 million building’s redesign.

“I’m thrilled with this,” Councilwoman Laurie Ender said. “There won’t be anything this spectacular anywhere.”

The facade fronting Lyons Avenue will feature Western Victorian details in the roof line, tower and entry.

Mayor Laurene Weste said Santa Clarita’s new library could be a jumping-off point for downtown redevelopment.

“Most cities are just building a library,” Weste said. “We weren’t doing that. We were trying to be the inspiration for the projects to come in a community that sadly lost its historical roots. The connectivity to our history can never be wrong.”

Committee members complained in March that the first version looked more fitting to snowy Aspen, Colo. than western Newhall.

Old Town Newhall Association Chair Dennis Verner said he’d seen the new design and liked it, too.

“We liked it before. We just thought it needed a few tweaks and the city did that,” Verner said.

The $117,000 in architectural changes came out of a contingency fund set aside for the library. The changes, however, could delay the scheduled opening of the library, according to the staff report.

The project, located at Lyons Avenue and Main Street, broke ground in March. The city expects to award the construction contract in September.

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