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Community and Economic Development Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2004

CONTACT: Eric Symons
(619) 533-5318
Community and Economic Development

Arian Collins
(619) 236-5848
Library Department

City Seeks Developer Proposals for Mid-City 'Flagship' Library
City Encourages Mixed-Use Development Proposals; Pre-Submittal Conference on January 16

SAN DIEGO - The City of San Diego's Community and Economic Development Department, in cooperation with the City of San Diego Library Department, is seeking proposals for the development of a new branch library to be located in the North Park community. The North Park branch library will function as a "flagship" branch providing service to all constituents of City Council District Three and will create substantial improvements in library services and contribute to the ongoing revitalization of the North Park community.

The proposed 25,000 square-foot library will replace the existing 8,000 square-foot North Park Branch Library located on the corner of North Park Way and 31st Street. The new state-of-the-art facility will include an array of upgraded features and resources as well as plans to add 125 parking spaces for library staff and visitors. Additionally, developers are encouraged to submit proposals that incorporate non-library uses including residential affordable housing units which may be eligible for additional financial assistance.

"This library will be a flagship library for the entire Third District, and will no doubt be used by residents of surrounding communities, so finding an outstanding developer for this project is vital," said Deputy Mayor Toni Atkins, whose Third District includes Mid-City. "There has been extensive community input into the design and functionality of this facility, so I'm confident that whichever developer is ultimately chosen will work to fulfill the dreams and visions which the community has for this state-of-the-art library."

With the expanded size and scope of the new facility, the current location of North Park Library was deemed too restricted to accommodate a new library. Consequently, the District Three Flagship Library Task Force was recently formed to seek community input to identify acceptable alternative sites. In addition to these recommended sites, parcels located within or near the North Park Redevelopment Project Area will also be considered. Community groups and the public will have extensive input regarding design elements, site permitting and approvals. Construction for the library is scheduled to begin in fall of 2006 with a tentative completion date of winter 2008.

Interested developers are encouraged to attend a Pre-proposal Conference on January 16, 2004 in the offices of the Community and Economic Development Department at 600 B Street, Fourth Floor, San Diego, CA 92101. A Registration of Interest Form is attached to copies of the RFP and must be completed and returned to the Community and Economic Development Department prior to submittal of proposals. Proposals must be received in the offices of the Community and Economic Development Department no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 12, 2004. Late proposals will not be accepted.

To obtain a copy of the North Park Library RFP, contact the City of San Diego's Community and Economic Development Department at (619) 533-4233 or visit the City's web site at www.sandiego.gov/cpci.

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With an emphasis on the City's urban core neighborhoods and low and moderate income residents, the Community and Economic Development Department strives to improve the quality of life and ensure a healthy economy in San Diego through job development, business development, neighborhood revitalization, public improvements, redevelopment, social services, and revenue enhancement.

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