Critics question cost of new Costa Mesa library plan

From LA Times

“The prospect of building a new library in downtown Costa Mesa was met with some skepticism by a city committee Tuesday tasked with citizen oversight of City Hall spending.The Finance Advisory Committee heard the City Council’s plan for the estimated $34.5-million project, which includes demolishing the Neighborhood Community Center in Lions Park, constructing a new 20,000-square-foot library in its place and renovating the Donald Dungan library branch into a meeting space.”

Costa Mesa approves $34.5 million library, community center swap

From Orange County Register

” The city is set to build a modern central library nearly triple the size of its current one, and plans to open the facility by the end of 2018.The City Council unanimously approved the $34.5 million project on Tuesday.The city plans to demolish its Neighborhood Community Center meeting space in April 2017 and build the new 20,000-square-foot library in its place. In 2018, the city will begin to retrofit the 8,000-square-foot Donald Dungan Library into a new community center, a project that’s expected to be completed by Dec. 2019.”

Costa Mesa: Neighborhood center needs overhaul to be turned into library, consultant says

from the Daily Pilot

“Costa Mesa’s Neighborhood Community Center would need major work before it could be converted into a large central library, a city consultant told a crowd of residents Thursday night.”,0,6422504.story

Show support for Costa Mesa library renovation

from the Daily Pilot

“A meeting to discuss the feasibility of expanding Costa Mesa library space by converting the Neighborhood Community Center will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 16 in the center, 1845 Park Ave. It is important that residents from all parts of Costa Mesa attend. Plans call for a larger children’s section away from the adult area, a teen section, study and tutoring rooms and meeting space. So if you want your children — and grandchildren — to enjoy these newer services, show your support.”,0,3038596.story

Costa Mesa library project clears early hurdle

from the Daily Pilot

“The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously approved a design contract Tuesday night that will help convert the Neighborhood Community Center into a large central library. The $125,125 contract with Culver City-based Johnson Favaro, which has been lauded for its successful public library projects, will include outreach efforts to stakeholders, conceptual designs and cost estimates.”,0,3089346.story

Costa Mesa: Libraries provide bang for your buck

from the Daily Pilot

“Some years ago, I was talking to a city official about the need to expand our library space in Costa Mesa. I was told that libraries didn’t produce money, so it was hard to get the public to invest in a bond issue. I wish I had known then what I have since learned: that libraries do bring a strong return on investment to the community.”,0,5126555.story