Library and Arts Center Reaches Exciting Milestones

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 Fall 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.

Library and Arts Center Design Update

At the May 1, 2018 City Council Meeting, City staff updated the public on the current phase of the project. City staff and Group 4 Architects are finalizing Construction Documents, which will be followed by a Plan Review and a Bid for Construction (projected completion in late summer 2018). Ground breaking and construction on the new facilities should occur in the fall of 2018, with projected completion of both facilities in Fall 2020.

Follow this link to view the presentation to the City Council.

Latest Milestone: Moving Forward

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 Fall 2020.

Upcoming Community & Commission Meetings – April 19 and 20

This next week, we’ll be hosting a Community Meeting that you are invited to join us for. The Open House and Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Travis Ranch School located at 5200 Via De La Escuela in the Multipurpose Room. The Open House (informal, drop-in) will begin at 5:30 p.m. and followed by the Community Meeting, lead by the project’s architects, starts at 6:30 p.m. A Commission Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Black Gold Golf Club at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, download the flyer here.

Moving Forward… Along with your Input

The Yorba Linda Public Library and Arts Center project is moving along at a nice pace and we are again at a point where we’d like your input. Similar to the first time, we are again inviting you stop by the Library or Community Center to add your thoughts to the kiosks that can be found near the service desks. Additionally, you can provide your input through this online survey.

In this round of input, we would like to receive your thoughts on various design aspects of the project including paseo features, exterior accent materials, and interior design values. You’ll find a wide selection of design aspects to choose from.

Lastly, we will also be hosting a community meeting this month. This will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Travis Ranch School (Multipurpose Room), located at 5200 Via De La Escuela in Yorba Linda. The Open House (informal, drop-in) will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Community Meeting lead by the project’s architects at 6:30 p.m. A Commission Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Black Gold Golf Club at 6:30 p.m. Download the flyer here.

City Council Approves Staff Recommendations for New Library and Arts Center

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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Directed staff to refine the funding options for the Arts Center and report back to Council at a subsequent meeting; and
  4. 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.


Thank You for Your Input

img_header_priorityAs we move forward with the planning and development of the new Yorba Linda Public Library and Arts Center, your input and feedback is an important element of the project. Recently, we invited you to take part through a survey both in-person and online.  The survey is now closed, but we want to thank everyone who participated.

As we enter into the next design phase of the project, there will be more opportunities to provide feedback.  Check back for another survey that is coming soon!

What Are Your Priorities?

On your next visit to the Library, when you are checking out materials, you might see two large boards with a number of pictures and colored stickers.  What is this you ask?  Well, it is for your input regarding the new Yorba Linda Library and Arts Center. We would like to know what your priorities include when it comes to the new facility. You’ll find a selection of areas that include group space, digital arts, outdoor gathering space, study areas and numerous other options.

Stop by the Information Desk on the Main Floor or the Circulation Desk to pick up stickers so that you too can add your priorities.