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Stevenson Ranch library to be considered next week

Posted: September 5, 2013 5:09 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2013 5:09 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - A long-discussed library in Stevenson Ranch could soon become reality if county supervisors sign off on a lease agreement to house it.

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will discuss whether to approve an eight-year lease agreement for the library in the Valencia Marketplace Shopping Center at 25950 The Old Road.

A new library is needed to serve areas outside Santa Clarita, according to county officials.

“Currently, local residents must rely on bookmobile service or use libraries owned by the city of Santa Clarita, the nearest full-service library in the area,” board documents read.

A county library facility in Stevenson Ranch has been discussed for years.

“For nearly two years, our office has been working closely with the town council, our local school principals, the superintendent and our homeowner associations to provide a library for our residents in the West Ranch communities,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said in an email.

The current Stevenson Ranch Express Library is housed in a modular building at Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park on Faulkner Drive.

As proposed, the library would be 12,000 square feet and include a large reading area for adults, a teen center for middle and high school students, a children’s area, an 80-seat community meeting room, group study rooms and an opening-day collection of about 60,000 books, according to board documents.

The total estimated cost for the library project is $19.5 million.

That estimate includes $10 million for operating costs over the life of the eight-year lease, with an additional $3 million for rent, $4.5 million for tenant improvements, $1 million for books and other library materials and $1 million for equipment, furniture and fixtures.

County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd told The Signal in an interview earlier this year that the county had sufficient money to cover the cost of the library, but was running into trouble finding a suitable facility to house it.

County supervisors will vote on whether to approve the lease agreement during their meeting Tuesday.
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