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City Asking for Advice on New Downtown Library Requirements

Surveys will be available online and at Santa Clarita City Hall.

Posted: February 15, 2008 4:06 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
If you could build your own library, what would it contain?

That's exactly what the city of Santa Clarita wants to know in assessing the need for a new library in downtown Newhall.

Surveys are available online, at City Hall and all Santa Clarita libraries for residents to weigh in on their library-visiting priorities, from reading room preferences to choices on Internet connections.

The city is also planning a community meeting on March 20 in Newhall to provide an overview of what today's libraries have to offer, said Ingrid Hardy, management analyst for the city.

As part of the long-term plan to spruce up downtown Newhall, the city and county are expecting to build a 16,000- to 30,000-square-foot library on Main Street to replace the existing 4,000-square-foot library on Ninth Street.

In December, the city moved forward in spending $1.7 million on three parcels at the corner of 11th Street and 24533 San Fernando Road - now renamed Railroad Avenue. The city already owns property adjacent to the three parcels, and city Community Development Director Paul Brotzman told The Signal in December that the city is looking to negotiate with other property owners in the area to acquire additional land.
Once the city is able to determine the community's needs for a library, Brotzman said, it will take less than a year to design the building.

Surveys will be available until March 31 at www.santa-clarita.com or at City Hall at 23920 Valencia Boulevard.

The March 20 community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Museum and Park, located at 24151 Newhall Ave. in Newhall.


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