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."
Staff made an introductory presentation (see presentation in PDF
), explaining that the intent was to review future options relative to the City’s main Library, the concept of a possible branch library and the remainder of the Civic Center complex (including City Hall, City Hall annex buildings, Public Safety and the Sunnyvale Office Center). Staff indicated it was not seeking formal Council action (hence the study session format), but that it did desire clear direction with regard to “next steps”.
Staff indicated that from its perspective, the concept of a branch library was very attractive due to three factors:
- an identified service need in the north end of town;
- the identification of an ideal location (Lakewood Park/School, with no loss of park open space as the library would replace the swimming pool closed by Council budget action) with a window of opportunity to partner with the Sunnyvale School District;
- and an identified funding source for capital costs (proceeds from the sale of the Raynor Activity Center which Council recently directed staff to sell).
Council directed staff to further explore the concept of a branch library at the Lakewood Park/School site, in partnership with the Sunnyvale School District, using proceeds from the eventual sale of the Raynor Activity Center to fund related capital costs. Preliminary cost estimates are now based on a 7,000 to 10,000-square foot facility. Capital costs -- including design, construction and start-up -- are now estimated at 7 to 9 million; annual operating costs are estimated at $200,000 to $300,000 with the eventual size and cost of the facility dependent on the sale price of the Raynor Activity Center.