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New San Diego Library Still Needs About $25 Million

Aired 9/28/11 on KPBS News.

Fundraisers are optimistic they will meet their goal by the end of the year, though they have a long way to go.

— $32.5 million, that’s the magic number fundraisers need to reach by the end of the year to pay for the second phase of the new downtown library.

The new central library under construction in downtown San Diego.

Above: The new central library under construction in downtown San Diego.

The San Diego Library Foundation’s Mel Katz said in 14 months of fundraising, nearly $7 million has come in, with $2 million of that being raised in the past two months alone.

He said donations are picking up, as people are able to take tours of the partially completed building and get a better idea of how the library is going to look.

He said meetings scheduled with 41 potential donors are expected yield an additional $15 million, though that money has not yet been secured.

Katz said naming opportunities for the library are still available, which would bring in millions more. The library is slated to open in the summer of 2013. The San Diego City Council's Rules Committee will get an update on the library project at its meeting this morning.

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x76 | September 28, 2011 at 1:07 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

$25 million? Are they building it out of gold bricks?

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jacquiannq | September 28, 2011 at 3:33 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

Well, other than visitors and homeless people, the majority of we San Diego residents have no reason to visit the downtown library.

I can't believe that the City is building this new library. The City is almost bankrupt, school programs have been cut, pot holes need to be repaired, and everything especially food is sky high.

I use my computer for information as do the majority of my acquaintances.
I can't believe that all of our elected officials are more worried about the likes of a library instead of trying to fix the economy.

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rrichardscot | September 29, 2011 at 4:13 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

In the 14 months the Foundation has only averaged $500 thousand per month. With only three month to go they have to collect on the average $8.5 million per month to reach the deadline...good luck.

Of course they could reapproach the prior $20 million donor Irwin Jacobs and suggest to him rather than wasting the $20 million at Balboa park on the hazardous, history defeating, unneeded bypass bridge, its connecting road and the underground garage packed with safety concerns instead donate that additional $20 million to the new downtown Schoolbrary (A.K.A. the new downtown Daytime Homeless Shelter.)

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