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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

City Council to Discuss Grant Application for Proposed Redwood Shores Branch Library

Redwood City, CA - March 5, 2003 - Following review by both the Architectural Review Committee and the Planning Commission, City and Library staff's next step in the proposed Redwood Shores branch library project is to bring the issue to the City Council. This meeting will take place on Monday, March 10th, 2003 beginning at 7:00 pm, and will feature a presentation of the architect's program for a 22,500 square-foot library building. The meeting will be in the Council chambers in City Hall, at 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

Since last year, the City and the Library have been diligently working with the community and with an architectural consultant to develop a needs assessment on the issue of a proposed branch library in Redwood Shores. In that exhaustive effort to date, the City has coordinated nine focus group meetings, five community advisory committee meetings, and four community forums, has held four Library staff meetings and two City staff meetings, participated in three San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) meetings, brought the issue before one Architectural Review Committee meeting and one Planning Commission meeting, and has had individual meetings with various homeowner associations. In addition, the City has received 162 survey responses.

If the Council approves, then the issue will return to them on March 24 for discussion and proposed certification, and direction to proceed with a grant application. The grant proposal will seek approximately two-thirds funding from 2000's Statewide Library Bond Act, requiring an approximate one-third match by the City.

The Redwood City Public Library sponsors many free programs for children and adults, and helps our community to "understand the past, prepare for the future, and thrive in the present." For more information about library events and services you may access the library's home page at or call 780-7026.

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Contacts: Magda Gonzalez
Assistant to the City Manager

Yvonne Chen
Library Director

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