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Hayward downtown library move: What do you think?

By Eric Kurhi
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 3:34 pm in Alameda County, Ashland, Cherryland, Development, Fairview, General, Hayward, Other unincorporated areas, Schools.

As reported in today’s Daily Review, architects have come up with two different ideas for a new main Library. One of the ideas – for a taller, three-story building next to the downtown Post Office – seems to be the preferred model, but so far the public has not weighed in on the idea of moving their library away from the park where it currently resides. Previous polls have held that people like the location, but this new idea of moving the new facility across the street and creating one big central park has not been floated before.

So, what do you think? Pros, cons?

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  • J. W. Kyle

    Are there any design concepts by which to AID a choice?

    What proposals for finance are laid on the table?

    If built on the present site how many trees are to be destroyed in the concept. WHERE WOULD THE TEMPORARY LIBRARY BE LOCATED?

    ‘it R a bit early to post this without a bit of grist for the mill. R IT NOT? ESPECIALLY WITH CITY, STATE AND NATIONAL BUDGETS IN THE TANK!

  • Eric Kurhi

    Design concepts come later. Such things must be paid for — architects don’t come cheap — and the city would rather not foot the bill for two sets of designs. Hence the site decision currently under way.

    Financing the library is not possible at this point. If ground is broken on the Russell City Energy Center, that’s $10 million. There’s also a potential deal involving radio transmission towers that would generate $5 million. But it could come down to a bond. It is all unknown, as is where the temporary library would be located. Regarding the trees, the large heirloom trees would be preserved with either plan, with the exception of one diseased specimen. Some of the memorial trees would have to be relocated, but the architect said they would be preserved in another location still within the park.

    These are seperate stories that will be covered as they develop.

    The intention of this posting and the related stories is to let the public know that there is an idea afloat to move the location of the library. Granted, it’s in nascent stages, but if one would rather abstain from bearing judgment until further details of design, financing, and relocation are available, one need only not comment and allow others to weigh in.

  • J. W. Kyle

    If there are no details other than height and proxim- ity to parking at one site as opposed to reconstruc- tion nearer the curb on the other…… what is the point in seeking opinions?

    Cart in front of horse?

  • monica ruiz

    I’m in favor of the library remaining in the park. I would like to see some changes but I really like walking through the park, it’s very relaxing. I would like to see the fountain working. It looks so lonely without water or flowers. What a shame :( What about moving the entrance to the east side of the building and relocating the children’s area to the first floor. And an outside seating area, fenced in of course, would be so sweet. Move all the offices to the 3rd floor and maybe the computer lab too. That’s it for now.

  • TheVoice

    I think that it should go 4 stories high and stay in the park but closer to street on BART side. The return book drop can go on that side too and be accessible from inside the new library. That will be sufficient for the influx of Hayward residents in the future and leave the height blended in with the big trees. When the old one is demolished they can put a courtyard with nice garden encircled by a stylish fence/wall connected to building to bring people outdoors to enjoy their surroundings while enjoying a good book.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Attention Review editor Santos!

    Seems to me the blog is done gone and died! On the other hand if one really reads the fish wrap,a cute little item might have slipped by that,had it been published, might have raised a real storm here in Hayward. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT TRUCKS CAMPING OUT ON Southland Mall? Here at Daily Review is where locals need to look for that story. Circulation on that day’s week would really JUMP

    I suggest you use Karen Holzmeister… a mind for detail with imagimation presntly lacking in other writers) She is also, I beieve a resident of Albany and would have a keener eye for the opportuniy of a major story….

    ANG published a story entitled “Golden Gate Fields in the final stretch?” by Geo. Avalos. It was published DEC 12, 2008

    You may wish to pick up the thread by reference to the agenda discussion prepared by Alameda County Congest-ion Mgt. Agcy. staff report for item F-1 on the agenda for the meeting of Dec 11, 2008.

    At the meeting previous to December 11, ( November ? ) a copy of the study referred to in the above was distributed in which we saw suggestions of potential sites for truck parking on an overnight basis.
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    Hither and thither, the study identifioed potential sites for use as ‘truck parking’ locations. One of which was Hayward’s SouthLand Mall. You know, a real bright report prepared by experts who know nothing of the basics in this problem.

    Perhaps he did but was deflected somewhere along his story line, but had your staff writer George Avalos been really alert he would have known that the Golden Gate Fields site was mentioned in the letter I submitted To C<A and which was also included within the Staff Report of Dec. 11th. He would have identified Golden Gate Fields as a potential truck parking site….. as well as the presently vacant acreage at the South end of El Charro Rd/Fallon Rd overpasss along I-580 in Livermore….. as being superior sites for a Truck Stop capable of great relief to our road congestion…..

    All that was and remains possible…. and is the type of story which would go a long waty in solving your circulatioon problems. Items of broad and keen detail usually do that for a newspaper!

    Hell just the thought of trucks congregatihng en-masse at Southland Mall, en masse, overnight with engines running for driver comfort, would provide you with several hundred ‘hits’ on this here blog.

    May I dare suggest that ANG snend a reporter to the ACCMA office at 1333 Broadway Ste 220, to obtain a copy of the report ( pulling it down off the website is very expensive) for both meetings ( Dec 11,k 2008 AND THAT WHICH OCCURRED IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMER AND ANALOYZE WHAT IN HELL IS GOING ON?
    yOU MIGHT THEN ASK bETH wALUKAS, A STAFF MEMBER WHO PRESENTED THE REPORTS, TO SEE COPIES OF MY DETAILED LETTERS WHICH DISCUSS THE REAL SOLUTION OF TRUCK CONGESTION ON I-80 AND I-580/I-680

    iN THE MEANTIME LET US HERE THE LOCAKL MOAN ON THE SUBJECT OF OVERNIGHT PARKING AT sOUTHLAND mALL…. GON’T OVERLOOK THE SEAMY STUFF LIKE HOOKERS, DRUGS, BOOZE, PUBLIC URINATION AND OTHER DEBRIS ALL OF WHICH WOULD REALLY GET THE POPULACE EXCITED AND THE RETAIL STORES SET IN FLIGHT TO GOD ONLY KNOOWS WHERE!

    Should AHNG wish to pick up the story, I would share my last copy of the History Channel “Modern Marvels” story entitled TRUCK STOPS. i WOULD NEED IT RETURNED WITHIN 72 HOURS. ( AM TIRED OF SPERADING THEM AROUNSD AT $30. PER COPY! (YES, ALBANY GOT ON TOO!)