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New library, civic center for downtown?

Original post made on Oct 22, 2009

It could take years before sufficient funds are available and construction actually starts but the City Council has taken a major step towards building a $70-million new Civic Center complex and public library. Councilmembers indicated that the library would be the first to be rebuilt.

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Posted by Stephen
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Editor: 2.7 million volumes currently in the Pleasanton Library? In 30,000 sq feet? Is that a misprint?

I totally agree that a new building with more space for seating, programs, and public use computers would be a good thing, and hope the money becomes available sooner rather than later. Any possibility of major donors stepping forward? And as terrific as it would be to have an architecturally beautiful new library building, is there any vacant space in an equally accessible location that could be leased or purchased and remodeled to house the Library and/or other city offices for less than 70 million?

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Posted by Henry
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Judging from other projects done by the city, this will be gold plated and take twice as long as it should (witness the new sports park, Val Vista fields, Kottinger Creek ($1 MM for this!!! Wow!). Perhaps the library needs could be satisfied short term by leasing and remodeling one of the many vacant office buildings around the city - it would save $$, but we would have to get over having it be Pleasanton 'special' - i.e. customized to our exact liking, and with a price tag that goes with a custom building. Unti

The existing approved capital projects (Bernal Fields esp) should be completed in full before this starts.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Any "high rollers" out there that would like to see their name on a library? Step forward with the cash...:)

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

We do not need a new library in this day of technology. If we really need more space....put a second story on the current building. It is a beautiful building in a very convenient location. The Pleasanton library is currently being used as a meeting place for teens. If you utilized one of the empty buildings around town for teens to study and socialize in....the library could be better utilized for library patrons. We come up with some crazy ideas in order to spend government money. Why not focus on bringing businesses to all the empty commercial buildings in town and leave what is working alone.

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Posted by Very Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Stop the madness! Another branch library perhaps, in an existing empty building in town (there are many to choose from).
We need to get away from WANTS and live within our means. Families must do it, cities, counties, states and this nation must do it.

And there is no money for a shiny new city hall. Get over it.

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Happy Valley
on Oct 23, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Our library is small and outdated for our community and the usage it's getting currently. Have you seen the libraries in Dublin and Livermore lately, not to mention other surrounding Bay Area community libraries? They are where we should be headed in our planning and priorities for Pleasanton and it's new library. The entire community uses and thrives in a library. Let's build it and "they will come"!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 24, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Build a large shed and fill it with up to date computers and THEY WILL COME!


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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Compared to the Dublin and Livermore libraries,the Pleasanton library is certainly outdated but lets be honest, ours is still just as sufficent. Simplicity.

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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm


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