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Publication Date: Friday, December 07, 2001

Council to determine size of new Community Center Council to determine size of new Community Center (December 07, 2001)

New designs shown to council at study session New designs shown to council at study session (December 07, 2001)

By Bill D'Agostino

At its next meeting, the Mountain View City Council will determine whether the new community center will be one or two stories.

Over the last few months, the council's community center ad hoc committee has worked with city staff to create design schemes for the new center. Those designs were unveiled at the council's recent study session on Nov. 30, with one critical decision still to be made: whether the building should be one or two stories.

Depending on the choice, the building will either be designed at 28,000 square feet (for the two-story building) or 35,000 square feet (for the one-story).

Although the council appeared to be leaning toward a two-story building at the meeting, there was talk of exploring the issue in more depth during its regular meeting on Dec. 11 before making the final decision.

Although a two-story building would be more expensive ($12 million compared to $11 million), it would provide for an additional 15 parking spaces.

"In the long run, 15 parking spaces are not a lot, but they're very, very important to our costumers," Vice Mayor Sally Lieber said, advocating for the two-story design at the council meeting. Three other council members agreed with Lieber.

Council member Mary Lou Zoglin, however, was concerned that the extra million dollars might make a big difference as the city struggles with diminishing revenues.

Council member Rosemary Stasek - who chairs the ad hoc committee on the center - said that she didn't have an opinion on the one- or two-story decision but noted that either way "it will be a wonderful facility."


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