What's Happening Now
On November 19, 2013 City Council approved the sale of the Raynor Activity Center to Stratford Schools, and directed that upon close of escrow that proceeds from the sale be used in part to provide $11.5 milllion for the design, construction and start-up costs for a new branch library located at Lakewood Park. Stratford Schools will now have a 45 day “due diligence period” to investigate and conduct studies on the property to determine whether or not to acquire the property pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Purchase and Sales Agreement. After the 45 day “due diligence period” if Stratford decides to go forward with the purchase, an additional $50,000 deposit will be required to continue the process for an additional period of approximately six months while Stratford applies for a use permit through the City. Stratford will have six months to secure a use permit for operation of a private school which includes environmental analysis and review by the City Zoning Administrator or Planning Commission as determined by the level of intensity for the proposed use. The six-month period is the general time frame for conducting environmental review and application for a use permit through the City. Assuming the use permit is secured, including the conclusion of any appeal period or final resolution of any appeal, escrow will close within 30 days or sooner. If the City declines to issue a use permit, or if Stratford finds the mitigation measures or use permit conditions to be unacceptable, it may terminate the agreement for the purchase of the Raynor Activity Center.
In the meantime, Council has identified a preferred location for the branch library at Lakewood Park (see "RTC: Identification of a preferred site for a branch library" to the right.) On May 8, 2013, the Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to recommend that City Council pursue designs to locate the branch library at Lakewood Park, and on May 13 the Board of Libraries did the same. To see a list of additional public meetings designed to inform the public and solicit input, as well as a list of previous outreach and education events, scroll to the bottom of this page or click here.
The next phase of the project will be to engage the services of a design consultant. Firms interested in designing the branch library have responded to the City's Request for Proposals, and staff are prepared to recommend a specific design firm to the City Council (see"Future Public Input Opportunities" below). A proposed contract for design services will not be forwarded to Council, however, until after the close of escrow regarding the sale of the Raynor Activity Center.
Residents living in the north end of our City are the only Sunnyvale residents who must travel more than 2 miles to access library services. In fact, many folks in north Sunnyvale must travel significantly further. As a result, the Lakewood area has the lowest percentage of residents with Sunnyvale Library cards of any neighborhood in Sunnyvale. What's more, there is a large concentration of seniors and youth in this area--the age groups tending to make the most use of library services, but also the most restricted in terms of mobility. In a nutshell, some of our residents with the most to gain from library services have the most difficult time accessing them. A branch library would increase access to library services for those living in north Sunnyvale by making it more convenient for residents to visit.
On July 31, 2012, City Council held a special joint session with the Board of Library Trustees to study "Future Library and Civic Center Facility Options." At that meeting, Council directed staff to further explore a branch library at the Lakewood Park and School site in partnership with the Sunnyvale School District, with capital costs to be covered by the proceeds from the eventual sale of the Raynor Activity Center.
The major phases of the branch library project are as follows:
- Public Outreach and Information (ongoing, and includes public input opportunties--see below)
- Sale of Raynor Park Activity Center (related efforts underway. Sale price will help to determine the size of the branch library, and will enable contract with design consultant)
- Identify preferred site for branch library--completed 5/21/2013
- Select Design Consultant (process underway)
- Create Conceptual Design (will follow selection of design consultant)
- Develop Construction Documents
- Pursue Construction
Future Public Input Opportunities
- City Council Meeting to Select Branch Library Design Consultant and Approve Contract: date yet to be determined.
- City Council Meeting to Consider Approval of Branch Library Conceptual Design: date yet to be determined.
Previous Public Input, Outreach and Education Events
- City Council Meeting to Consider Sale of Raynor Activity Center: November 19, 2013
- September 14, 2013: Staff information table at Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association annual picnic
- August 21, 2013: Staff presentation to Fairwood School parents
- August 6, 2013: Staff presentation to Cape Cod Mobile Home Park
- July 2, 2013: Staff presentation to Plaza del Rey Mobile Home Park
- June 12, 2013: Staff attendance at Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association meeting to hear member input
- May 21, 2013: City Council Meeting to Consider Preferred branch library location
- May 15, 2013: Staff meeting with Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association to discuss preferred location
- May 13, 2013: Library Board of Trustees to consider preferred branch library location
- May 8, 2013: Parks and Recreation Commission considered preferred branch library location
- April 30, 2013: Staff presentation regarding preferred location to Quarterly meeting of Neighborhood Assoc. Officers
- January 30, 2013: Staff presentation to Sunnyvale Challenge Team
- January 22, 2013: Staff presentation to Sunnyvale Rotary Club
- January 9, 2013: Staff presentation to Sunnyvale Kiwanis Club
- November 20, 2012: City Council Meeting to Discuss and Possibly Approve a Contract for Real Estate Consulting Services for the Sale of Raynor Activity Center
- October 24, 2012: New Branch Library pages added to the City website to help educate the public regarding concept and next steps.
- October 22, 2012: Staff presentation to quarterly meeting of Neighborhood Association Officers
- October 20, 2012: Staff presentation to Sunnyvale Democratic Club
- October 18. 2012: Staff presentation to Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce
- October 10, 2012: Parks and Recreation Commission public meeting
- September 25, 2012: Joint meeting between City Council and Sunnyvale School Board
- September 12, 2012: Staff Presentation to Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association
- July 31, 2012: Council Study session with Board of Library Trustees