Long-overdue new library goes out to bid one more time

Council rejects bids as too expensive; residents patient despite yearlong delays

REDWOOD CITY — Redwood Shores residents will have to wait even longer for their new library after the City Council rejected all the bids it received from companies vying to develop the $14 million waterfront project.

Construction of the library, initially planned for spring of 2006, has been beset by delays. The City Council voted Monday to reject construction bids this week because they were all significantly higher than engineers’ estimates and many companies were the only bidders in their category, according to a report from city engineer Brian Lee.

Redwood City is repackaging the project and reopening bids in November, when construction crews aren’t so busy with summer work and traditionally bid more frequently — and for less money, according to Community Development Director Peter Ingram.

“Because construction costs are so high and we want to build the library as promised, it’s delaying the project but it’s going to be well worth the wait,” library director Dave Genesy said.

The Redwood Shores Library, which will be located on the corner of Marine and Bridge parkways, will include a new collection of books, CDs and DVDs, lounges, special areas for families and teens, an interpretive center and a waterfront cafe. Community rooms in the new facility will double as after-hours homework centers or classrooms. It will also offer the same bookstore feel as the Main Library and Schaberg Library.

Funding for the project comes from a state library bond and Redwood City coffers.

Construction of the library was delayed last year when state officials took longer than anticipated to approve the design, according to Genesy. Once it begins, construction is expected to take about 18 months.

Many Redwood Shores residents are taking the belated timeline in stride, even though the library — like a long-anticipated new elementary school in the community — is seen as a much-needed resource.

“People are being pretty patient,” said Rory Faber, a Redwood Shores resident and member of the Redwood City Library Foundation. “We want to provide the kind of library facility the community deserves, and if that means going to bid again, that’s what we need to do.”

bwinegarner@examiner.comBay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A ban on smoking or vaping in multi-unit buildings has drawn opposition from cannabis advocates, who say it would leave users with no legal place to consume a legal substance. (Shutterstock)
Cannabis group slams Yee’s proposed apartment smoking ban as ‘classist’

Legislation would impose fines of $1,000 a day on repeat violators

The most dangerous behaviors by drivers include failing to yield right-of-way at crosswalks, unsafe speeding and failing to stop at red lights or stop signs. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite, which supplies water to San Francisco, is among the concerns of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is undergoing a change of leadership. <ins>(Courtesy SFPUC)</ins>
Changes in leadership at SFPUC spark concern, hope for future water policy

Will agency’s new commissioner continue to support Big Ag?

Supervisor Shamann Walton joined with community members to speak out against rising homicides, which have taken a heavy toll in the Bayview-Hunters Point in 2020. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F Examiner)
SF homicides surpass 2019 total with month left in year

Police attribute rise to COVID-19, shootings and deadly gang violence

A screenshot from SFPD body worn camera
New videos show police shooting man armed with knife, frying pan

Police say Antonio Estrada set fire to apartment building before shooting

Most Read