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TCF Newsletter April 2023

Happy April – Certain to bring MANY MAY FLOWERS!

Dear Friend,

Just imagine, someday soon, having a new library on The Commons. What joy it will bring to everyone who gathers at this new, beautiful community space.

Now imagine bringing a picnic basket on a warm spring evening and laying out a blanket for your family in an oasis of green, while surrounded by friends and neighbors. It’s going to happen and we are going to make it great — how exciting!

City of Larkspur Update

On March 31, TCF board members Ann Morrison, Jeanne Friedel and Brock Wagstaff met with City Manager Dan Schwarz and Councilmember Scott Candell to discuss the new library building timeline. This is what we know at this time:

  • The city has hired Kitchell (a consulting firm) to oversee the RFQ (Request for Quotes) process on behalf of the city to process applications from architects and contractors to build the new library.
  • The RFQ went out on April 10.
  • In May, the project team, comprising Dan Schwarz, Julian Skinner and Kitchell will narrow down the applicants to three finalists.  The top three candidates will be given time to provide detailed plans of their proposed exterior and interior designs.
  • On July 15 there will be a public viewing of the top three proposals.
  • Larkspur City Council will award the contract to the winning bidder by September 15.
  • In September/October building poles will be erected at The Commons site.
  • The winning architect/construction company will set up a website and a videocam to share images of the construction process with the public.
  • A large sign with the building design will be erected on the site.
Landscaping Campaign – Join Us!

TCF will soon launch the next phase of our fundraising campaign to cover the cost of the landscaping around the Library.

This will include funds for covered and uncovered seating areas, a piazza/public square, water features, bike racks, a fenced in outdoor area for children, and hedges for headlight mitigation.

The city’s goal is to have the new library structure completed in 2025 and we are thrilled that we are moving forward at such a fast pace. The TCF Board and I look forward to working with the city and our donors to make this project a success!

Wishing you a Happy Spring,

Ann Morrison
President, The Commons Foundation

P.S. Don’t forget to join us for the Touch Trucks Community Event Sunday, May 7, at Redwood High. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite or at the entrance. See you there!