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What's status of Mitchell Park Liberary???

Original post made by J. W., Midtown, on Feb 24, 2014

Do we have a move-in date for the new library?

Why is so little communication from the City?

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Posted by Jane N.
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 24, 2014 at 4:07 pm


It's been 4 years! What issues remain??? When can we move in? We deserve an update!


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 24, 2014 at 4:28 pm

It is now a real race between the Main Library and Mitchell Library.


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Posted by Spelling Bee Champ
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Ha, I love the misspelling in the headline!


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Posted by PaloAltan
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm

We may need to have another TAX initiative to finish up the project. Right now our city attention is on the downtown traffic and parking, Cal Ave...... This one is on #13.


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Posted by No activity
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I drove by about 9:30 this morning and no activity. I suspect no one is in a hurry.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 25, 2014 at 7:01 am

I think the same as nuclear fusion .... it's just about 20 years away now.

Not sure, but it might be quicker and easier to just give money to everyone in Palo Alto to buy any book they want.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 25, 2014 at 7:04 am

> Ha, I love the misspelling in the headline!

Ah .... so that's why it's taking so long ... any city can build a Library, but it's a complicated and ground-breaking task on the bleeding edge to build a Liberary, no one has ever built one before! ;-)


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Posted by What's it al about
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

The grandiosity of the original plan and design, inadequate plan checking, and ineffective oversight may have something to do with it.


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Posted by J. W.
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

We really need to look at this from an angle of opportunity cost. What is the cost for so many people not being able to use a regular library at such a premium location?

How many millions is that?


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Posted by J. W.
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

We should rename M.P.L. to

Mitchell Park Liber-awry!


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Posted by Mama
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 25, 2014 at 2:31 pm

We nead a liberary! We our loosing are intilectuwal skilz! Are pour childeren half know wear too studie!


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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

When you drive by you can see through the fence there are plantings, art work, what appears to be a completed garden. There should be a new date for opening as part of the on-going CC meetings. It would be nice if in the CC meetings they followed a format of old business, new business, status of existing - on-going projects so you new where everything stood.


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Posted by Nancy L.
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm

All we heard is that the contractor was responsible. Why isn't anyone in the City accountable?

Anyone in the City got fired???

What are these people paid big bucks for?


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 25, 2014 at 6:29 pm

We are waiting for a good rain to find out where the leaks are.


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 25, 2014 at 9:17 pm

@mama - My son had to wait 3.85 years for library to open and gets rejection letters from UCs


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Posted by No activity
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I sure am glad they got that $500,000 statue in place though. If someone can explain what made it worth $500,000 price tag, please educate me.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Let's start a game of estimating when the Mitchell Park Library will open. I'm betting it won't happen in 2014 so I'll start with

March 30, 2015.


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Posted by Resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Hey - if airplanes make noise you call up the airport and file a complaint.
Same here - time for everyone to start calling the planning department and asking questions about the status of the community center(s).
If enough people start calling they will get the message that they need to do a better job of notifying the public about what is going on.
Also call the PA Weekly what status is so they start asking the questions.
When I read the paper Weekly they say to go to the On-Line Version - does anyone in the CC read the on-line questions we have? Does the PA Weekly read the comments we have? I never see any follow-up on these topics.


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Posted by Resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 26, 2014 at 11:10 pm

I went over today to check out what is going on at the site. The outside landscaping is beautiful. The outside looks great. BUT - there were no apparent working people there. So what is left to do besides moving the books over? They can open without the books.
My suspicion is that the construction people have "temporary working quarters" that look fairly anchored to the ground. Is it possible that the same construction people are working the other site at Alma / train depot but have no space there so are using the community center space as a temporary office? HUMMMMM
Also there is a controversy concerning Cubberly which is the temporary library. As long as it is a library then no forward effort can be made on the school vs city support. HUMMMMM


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 27, 2014 at 12:16 am

Resident 1 said, "They can open without the books. "

What's the point, it is a library?


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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 27, 2014 at 10:03 am

It is a community center. The library is only a part of the services a community center is going to provide. It is a very large building so many purposes. It has meeting rooms for community events.


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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I help to take care of the ballpark next to this library project. I have had a front row seat from day one. I can only say that I shook my head, many times, and wondered: Would a major private sector project look like this? Watch how it should have been done, once the JJ&F block project (College Terrace, private construction and private investors)launches.

This thing is a construction model case study for failure. CPA was way out of its league.

Now, we have the absurd notion that CPA own/build the proposed anaerobic digestion industrial plant in our parklands. Have we lost our minds?


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Posted by Whats it all about
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

The design was proposed by a design firm called Group4, promoted by head librarian Diane Jennings and lots of rah-rah by the Library Foundation. Web Link
Residents around the area wanted more and more for their children. It became a childcare institution.
Adding on and remodeling the existing library just wasn't shiny enough for the big spenders.


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Posted by Bruce
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

At this point the Mitchell Park Library should be renamed the "Winchester Library"


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Posted by Leo
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm

As a member of the LAC, I'm also frustrated that the building is so egregiously delayed.

Though the building looks like it's almost complete, there's a lot of re-work that needs to be done that either failed inspection (some wiring), failed testing (fire alarm system), or items that simply weren't complete. Most (possibly all?) of these works items are not visible from the outside.

Someone here asked why there are no workers on site right now. There is a replacement contractor that will finish up the job (same contractor who did the Art Center remodel), but they first have to do their own inspection of the work site. Unfortunately they can't just jump right in and start the work. Once the work is complete, the inspectors will have to issue an occupancy permit before any library staff and materials can start moving in.

I've been told that there are about 4 months of construction work left before the occupancy permit could be issued, so that puts the opening date in late summer.


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