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Newhall library plans shovel-ready

City: Council OKs $12.8M contract bid for construction in Old Town Newhall

Posted: December 15, 2010 9:00 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Shovels will go into the ground by Valentine’s Day for construction of the Old Town Newhall Library, said an official with the company that will build it.

The Santa Clarita City Council approved a $12.86-million contract with Tobo Construction Inc. during its meeting Tuesday night.

Misa Tang, office manager for the Los Angeles-based company, said actual construction will start about four weeks after a Jan. 13 pre-construction meeting.

“We’ll be building according to the plans, and we have a good hold of what’s involved with the project,” she said Wednesday.

The design calls for a 30,000-square-foot, two-story building on 2 1/2 acres in the heart of Newhall.

Tobo was the lowest of 21 bidders that tendered offers for the contract. The construction firm will be paid $12.86 million for the job.

The company has 420 days to complete the project from the day it signs the Notice to Proceed papers. That is expected to happen by Feb. 14, Tang said.

“We’re pretty sure everything is going to go well,” she added.

Once work gets under way at the intersection of Lyons Avenue, Railroad Avenue and Main Street, Tobo and city officials plan to meet once a week to review the building’s progress.

On Nov. 22, 2005, the City Council approved the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan intended to transform Old Town Newhall into a thriving “mixed-use” urban village geared to pedestrians.

Assistant City Engineer Curtis Nay said the library will “anchor” redeveloped community.

“It’s a large, complex project that is on a fairly aggressive timeline,” he said.

When asked how he would respond to critics who argue against choosing the lowest bidder on any construction project, Nay said: “I think we have a good contractor.

“We’ve done our due diligence,” he said. “We have a process of inspections to make sure the construction meets with our specifications.”

In addition to the scope of work spelled out in the bid documents, the city plans to improve the library’s second floor by expanding its “cultural quiet room,” adding a study room, lounge seating, 14 computers and more study tables.


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