Manhattan Beach Library approved for $26M upgrade

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Board of Supervisors signed off today on a $26.3 million project to rebuild and expand the Manhattan Beach Library.

The current library at 1320 Highland Ave. will be razed to make way for a two-story building nearly twice its size, which will house adult, teen and children’s reading areas, a homework center and tutoring rooms, public access computers and a 100-seat community meeting room.

A design-build contract for the library will be awarded to C.W. Driver Inc. Funds will come from taxes paid by Manhattan Beach property owners and $14.1 million in bonds that will also ultimately be paid for with property taxes.

Demolition is expected to begin in July, with a grand opening for the new library anticipated in April 2015.

Manhattan Beach City Council members debated the future of the library in an age of e-readers and digital tablets, but ultimately agreed that the local library would remain a worthwhile community resource and meeting place.

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