The subsequent chapter for the Laguna Seashore Library may imply a brand new proprietor after the Metropolis Council voted unanimously Tuesday to maneuver forward with probably shopping for the ability from Orange County.
The choice doesn’t instantly deliver the ability underneath town’s management. Metropolis Supervisor John Pietig will proceed exploring the potential acquisition of the library property at Glenneyre Road and Laguna Avenue, and workers will deliver a purchase order settlement for council assessment at a later date.
Workers really helpful shopping for the library, which the county owns and operates, as a result of town would then have the ultimate say on how the property is used. The positioning’s car parking zone additionally may assist improve the variety of obtainable areas within the downtown space.
Underneath a 1970 settlement, Laguna Seashore deeded a city-owned parcel and deserted a portion of close by Park Avenue to supply extra house for a brand new library constructing. The county bought a further lot from non-public property house owners for the ability, as nicely.
As a part of that settlement, town reserved the choice to buy the library property at any time inside the following 50 years — a window that closes Jan. 20.
Although the general library web site consists of 4 land parcels, town must pay solely the honest market worth for the one parcel paid for by the county, in addition to any enhancements.
These prices shall be established following an appraisal.
Councilwoman Toni Iseman requested that town look into whether or not the library has any historic relevance or whether or not there are restrictions on the constructing that would have an effect on the property’s appraisal.
Town anticipates spending about $20,000 for due-diligence efforts reminiscent of commissioning an environmental evaluation and a property inspection report.
The library department itself is about 10,000 sq. ft, a few of which is used as workplace house by the Laguna Seashore Chamber of Commerce and Pals of the Laguna Seashore Library.
The council additionally voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a month-to-month lease settlement for the workplace house at present utilized by the chamber. Town will lease that house for $1,484 a month and, in flip, sublease it to the chamber.
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