What's Happening Now
On November 19, 2013 City Council approved the sale of the Raynor Activity Center to Stratford School and directed that $11.5 million in proceeds from the sale be used for design, construction, and start-up costs for a new branch library located at Lakewood Park. Under the terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement approved by Council, Stratford is processing an application for a use permit to operate a school at the site, which will be considered by the Planning Commission. Assuming the use permit is issued, the sale of the Center will be complete and the proceeds will be available at that time. On January 7, 2014, litigation was filed against the City challenging Council’s approval of the Purchase and Sale. The court has issued a decision in favor of the City and Stratford Schools. Specifically, the judge ruled that the plaintiff's CEQA lawsuit is barred because no one raised any CEQA objections to the approval of the Purchase & Sale and Joint Use Agreements at or before the public hearings where these agreements were approved, which is a prerequisite for a lawsuit under CEQA. Therefore, the court denied the plaintiff's request for a writ of mandate. As of September 22, 2014, an appeal was filed.
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