Downtown Main Library

The City of Riverside Planning Division is preparing and Environmental Impact Report that will analyze the impacts of the demolition of the existing Downtown Main Library and the removal of the existing open space plaza located in front of the library. A new and expanded Downtown Main Library anticipated at approximately 100,000 square feet will replace the existing Downtown Main Library building, parking, and entry plaza area. The planned architectural style will be consistent with the development standards and design policies contained within the Downtown Specific Plan and will complement the Mission Inn and Seventh Street Historic Districts. Furthermore, the building will be designed to LEED certifiable standards. The existing surface parking lot that wraps around three sides of the building will be removed; new parking will be built on the northeast corner of the site “behind” the new building. An underground parking structure will be constructed as part of the proposed Project. A total of 300-400 spaces will be provided of which 100 will be provided within the street level surface parking area. The Chinese Pavilion, the Unitarian Universalist Church, and its parsonage, that currently occupy the same block as the Downtown Main Library, will remain in situ.

On February 28, 2012, the City Council canceled the Environmental Impact Report in preference to a community outreach process over the next four months to develop two designs for the existing library that would include reprogramming the existing library space.

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Riverside, CA 92522

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