Tehama County authorizes paperwork to purchase Daily News building
July 29, 2015
RED BLUFF >> The Tehama County Board of Supervisors authorized the chairman to sign a purchase and sale agreement Tuesday with the California Newspaper Partnership for the purchase of the Daily News building on Diamond Avenue for about $500,0000 with the intent to renovate the building to be the site of the new Tehama County Library.
“We’re so excited,” Acting Librarian Sally Ainsworth said. “Thank you board. We can hardly wait to move forward. We will need the community’s financial support.”
The county has set aside about $4 million for the project, which is estimated to cost about $6.7 million, with $4 million for the construction itself and escalation in cost, $1.75 million for fees, furniture, fixtures and equipment and $500,000 for site acquisition.
Buying an existing building was a cost-effective way to get a building similar in size to the existing library and the location was a part of why the site was chosen, Chief Administrator Bill Goodwin said.
JK Architecture Partnership, which did the feasibility study for the building, provided a presentation on the project following an approval by the board of an agreement for the engineering and architectural services of the new library. President Jordan Knighton and partner Derek Labrecque both said the general structure of the building was good, but there are some areas that would need work or replacement.
Seismic upgrades will be required as well as replacement of the roof, the electrical systems and HVAC unit and the parking lots will need to be redone, Labrecque said. The work on the building has been divided into a basic scope of what needs to be done and an enhanced scope of future plans, which can be done as funding is available.
An entry plaza will be constructed in the front of the building and eventually it is hoped to have an outdoor learning quad that can be utilized by the community. The proximity to the Shasta College Tehama Campus allows the potential for the college to utilized the facility.
The interior of the building will see a service desk down the center so employees have a direct site line with the entrance and each section to allow staff to engage with all areas of the library.
There will be an area for storytelling, a children’s area and a section for a study center and meeting rooms. Eventually the goal is to include a county archives area.
Construction is set to begin in July 2016 with expected occupancy to take place in June 2017. In the meantime, community members can view the initial report in an attachment on the supervisor’s agenda at www.co.tehama.ca.us.
The library will be kicking off the fundraising campaign soon and have information posted on www.tehamacountylibrary.org. Donations are always welcome and checks made out to the Tehama County Library can be mailed to 645 Madison St., Red Bluff.