At the November 20, 2018 City Council Meeting, City Council awarded the construction contract for the Public Library and Cultural Arts Center, allowing the project to move forward to the construction phase.
Progress continues to be made on the new Library and Arts Center project. The much anticipated project will consist of a two-story Library and one-story Arts Center which will share an adjoining outdoor paseo. The facility designs have been finalized and approved, with the City Council authorizing staff to solicit bids for the construction of the project at the September 18, 2018 City Council Meeting. This contract is scheduled to be awarded later this year, with groundbreaking to follow. Completion of the project is anticipated to take place in Summer 2020.
Additionally, at the September 18 meeting, the City Council selected the name “Yorba Linda Cultural Arts Center” for the Arts Center after a naming process that involved community feedback and a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Commission. The “Virginia DeLand Theater” was also selected as the name for the Art Center’s Black Box Theater, which will be posthumously named in honor of the founding Director of the Yorba Linda Civic Light Opera.
The Library and Arts Center passed another milestone at the February 6, City Council meeting when the City Council directed staff to continue to move forward with the Construction Documents phase of the project. Group 4 Architects presented the current design of the Library and Arts Center as well as comments from the final round of community outreach. Groundbreaking is expected to take place at the end of the year with the grand opening of both facilities slated for summer 2020.
At the City Council meeting on February 21, 2017, staff presented the Library and Arts Center building programs, project costs and funding options. The City Council approved the recommendations brought forth by city staff for the new Library and Arts Center. The four directives are:
- Directed staff to move forward with the architectural design of “Option C,” comprised of a library (approximately 45,000 GSF), an arts center (approximately 13,500 GSF), and surface parking;
- Concured with staff’s recommended approach for financing the Library component of the project, which is based on the previous direction received from the City Council on April 5, 2016;
- Directed staff to refine the funding options for the Arts Center and report back to Council at a subsequent meeting; and
- Directed the Finance Department to issue a request for proposals to hire a financial advisor to assist the City with the issuance of debt for the project.
To view the presentation that staff presented, click here.