Pleasant Hill City Council To Be Shown Designs For New Library Tonight

March 18, 2019 8:00 am · 14 comments

The Pleasant Hill City Council will see designs of the planned library tonight.

The architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson will present the illustrations it has completed during the design development phase of its work on the new library building. The design work was completed last month, according to a city staff report.

The new Pleasant Hill Library will be built on Oak Park Boulevard, immediately east of where the current library stands.

A July agreement between the city, Contra Costa County and the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District provides for the new library and some open space.

The 1961-built library was once the county library system’s central headquarters, and at one time also housed administrative services before those functions were moved to Martinez.

Monday night’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. inside City Council chambers at City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill.

Paul March 18, 2019 at 9:27 AM

Concord tried to reach a deal with Kennedy University some years ago to build a new city library as part of a campus complex on land near the police station. The deal fell thru, the land is still vacant, and we still do not have a modern library. Our elected officials seem to think that we would be better off with a massive sports arena and commercial complex on this land (as well as other parcels nearby). Citizens have expressed their opposition to this idea at civic meetings, but the council persists in trying to remake the image of downtown Concord into something it is not. We have a lot of open land becoming available at the Naval Weapons Station. It strikes me as more appropriate for this kind of development.

The governor has sued Huntington Beach for its failure to comply with state law to address the housing crisis. I urge all opposed to the ludicrous idea of a downtown development of this proportion to write, email, or call the governor’s office to express their dissatisfaction with our current leadership. Perhaps a warning from the governor’s attorney general can get our leadership back on track with the proper civic plan for our community.

TheYellowRanger March 18, 2019 at 12:48 PM

Agree with Paul; the state of the Concord Library is embarrassing.

mohairs March 18, 2019 at 11:38 AM

Paul, thank you very much for all the good information. Interesting about the past possibility of a new Concord library being built on the land near the police station! That’s been my wish for many years – seems like the perfect location. And great idea to have folks contact the governor’s office, too. Thanks!

PH Dad March 18, 2019 at 1:17 PM

Good luck on getting the governor’s office to do anything that is supported by the will of the people. He just seems interested in doing what he wishes.

The new library in PH should be very nice and is sorely needed. Hopefully they can pick a design and let the construction contract quickly. The current plan is to close the existing library later this year and I’ve heard that the new library should be ready to occupy next Fall. I’ve never seen a government construction contract executed on time. Even worse if the CoCo County contracts office is involved.

Paul March 18, 2019 at 2:32 PM

I do not really care for Gavin but I think you’re prejudging him. He (sort of) pulled the reins on Jerry’s train to nowhere and the Delta tunnels. I’m still waiting to see how those decisions play out, but as I said, he’s already had AG Beccera file suit against Huntington Beach for their failure; maybe a little noise from us would motivate him. The land is going to get developed one way or another – that’s a given. I would prefer it become a huge park, but that will never happen with our housing problem, so I figure better homes than some pie-in-the-sky commercial complex.

Original G March 18, 2019 at 3:49 PM

Primary reason for scaling back rather than a flat cancellation . . . . .
Anyone ? ? ?
Campaign contributions from unions who would work those jobs, construction companies and most importantly those holding the FORTY YEAR financing. Not a misprint, YOU are paying for 40 years. Roughly three times the face value of projects before the cost overruns.

Why on earth would a politician, who claims to represent the people,
screw over those who give campaign contributions when a flat stop of work would save taxpayers money ? ? ?
That would be political suicide.

Justifiable anger March 18, 2019 at 5:35 PM

I like your optimism Paul. I like to think it is possible that our leaders will rescue California from the New York style metropolis.

Re: The housing problem. Our politicians have purposely over populated our state. THAT is the reason for the housing problem.

weppin March 18, 2019 at 7:05 PM

How many people use the library on a regular basis? I’m not sure there are any statistics on this, but I would suspect that libraries aren’t as important as they once were. We all have virtual libraries at our fingertips with the world wide web.

Spending millions of dollars on a modern library that would only serve a certain (small?) percentage of the community is a questionable expense, when there are so many other projects that might better serve the needs of the whole community (infrastructure, public safety, etc.).

Me March 18, 2019 at 9:57 PM

You are very wrong.Go to library, there are always lots of people there. All different kinds of people. Believe it or not, the library is some citizens only access to a computer. The have a catalog of books that you can’t just download. The library is a valuable resource used by all different kinds of people.

Bob Foo March 18, 2019 at 11:19 PM

Many modern libraries go far beyond just renting books. A lot of libraries now have free streaming services, tool rental, kitchenware/appliance rental, hold classes and workshops, etc. I think some towns are doing a pretty good job with keeping up.

Reader March 19, 2019 at 8:38 AM

It seems like the only people who question library usage are those who never use them.

If you go to the PH Library, you will find it to be a vibrant part of our community, Besides loaning books, they have events for teens, adults, literacy classes and story time to name a few programs.

Try it! You might like it!

West Concordian March 18, 2019 at 11:01 PM

Paul–
PHill tried hard for a long time to get a new library. We finally are getting one because we are taxing ourselves for a lonnngg time to pay for it. Yep: expensive.
Justifiable–
the housing problem, IMO, is also because we seem to resist more, well-designed, compact growth. In PHill, large, single family homes are built, ignoring the fact that this doesn’t house very many people. WE can’t seem to envision attractive, more affordable and compact housing stock..
Weppin–
Sounds like you haven’t used a library lately. Yes, they are costly, but there’s a lot going on there, programs, things to educate, entertain and open up minds of kids and adults. Oh, yeah, and ” the Internet is just the tip of the iceberg”. So, take a look. IMO

Shared Walls March 19, 2019 at 8:20 AM

The problem with more affordable and compact housing stock is that then you end up with multiple other people RIGHT next to, above, and below you, who may or may not be good neighbors. I had a beautiful little condo in a good area, nearly paid off. I would have stayed there forever, but then the neighbor(s) from hell began moving in. I shared walls, outdoor space, and (their) noise and plumbing issues for two years before I finally gave up and upgraded to a MUCH more expensive single family home. JUST to get away from them. I think this is the biggest reason that high density building has such a negative connotation for people.

Shared Walls March 19, 2019 at 8:23 AM

I agree, the library has so much to offer! My family goes at least once a week. We get free video streaming online through Kanopy with our library membership. We can read multiple current magazines and newspapers online. We frequently request books and DVDS through interlibrary loans throughout the area. It is a wonderful resource!

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