CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price was joined by schoolchildren, city officials, library supporters and county library officials to break ground on the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library expansion during a ceremony Sept. 16.
Construction is set to begin immediately and end in March according to library officials.
The expansion architect, Manuel Oncina, was the original architect for the library, which opened in 2003.
The building became the first permanent home of the library branch, which occupied numerous storefronts and other locations over its 90-year history.
The remodeling will enlarge the children’s area and community room and bring a “great room” to the library at 2081 Newcastle Avenue.
It is one of 33 branches operated by the county library system.
“This is a great local gathering space,” said Shelly Pierce, who brought her young children to check out some books. “I’m thrilled they are going to make it even more kid friendly.
The work program will add 15 percent more floor area to the interior and a 659-square-foot, ocean-view deck to the exterior of the building.
The project is budgeted at $1.28 million. More than half of those funds were made available by a county grant recommended by Slater-Price.
Years earlier, in 2003, Slater-Price presided over the opening of the Cardiff library, which is one of 33 branches operated by the County of San Diego.
“This is going to be magnificent,” said Susan Hays, president of the Friends
of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library.
Under the new operating schedule, the library will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays.
On Fridays, the hours will be noon to 6 p.m., while Saturday operating hours remain unchanged.
“In the spring,” Slater-Price said, “let’s all meet back here to cut the ribbon.”