The project has been in the works for more than five years and will replace a cramped, clapboard building that was originally built in 1947 and is the smallest library in the County system. The new, 2,650-square-foot library will be more than double the size of the existing library, have more computers for school children to use for homework, wireless Internet and an enlarged children’s area.
In addition, an attached community room will have a full kitchen and the park will have more playground space and a shaded picnic area. The facility will also include a field office for County Sheriff’s Deputies to file reports, meet with the community and enhance public safety in the area.
“This is more than a new library, this is a project that will become the civic center and heart of this community,” said Supervisor Cox. “We have worked closely with the community to design and build a project they can be proud of and today is the culmination of all those years of planning and hard work.”
The project will cost about $2 million and is expected to be completed by late summer 2011.
The groundbreaking was attended by dozens of neighborhood residents, along with California State Librarian Stacey Aldrich and County Library Director José Aponte.
“This new library is a major accomplishment for the staff, the Friends of the Lincoln Acres Library and, more importantly, the community,” said Aponte.