Original post made
by J. W., Midtown,
on Feb 24, 2014
It's been 4 years! What issues remain??? When can we move in? We deserve an update!
It is now a real race between the Main Library and Mitchell Library.
Ha, I love the misspelling in the headline!
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.
I drove by about 9:30 this morning and no activity. I suspect no one is in a hurry.
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.
> 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! ;-)
The grandiosity of the original plan and design, inadequate plan checking, and ineffective oversight may have something to do with it.
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?
We should rename M.P.L. to
Mitchell Park Liber-awry!
We nead a liberary! We our loosing are intilectuwal skilz! Are pour childeren half know wear too studie!
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.
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?
We are waiting for a good rain to find out where the leaks are.
@mama - My son had to wait 3.85 years for library to open and gets rejection letters from UCs
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.
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.
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.
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
Resident 1 said, "They can open without the books. "
What's the point, it is a library?
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.
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?
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.
At this point the Mitchell Park Library should be renamed the "Winchester Library"
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.