Downtown Forward is a community movement that advocates for initiatives and projects that will make life in Downtown Santa Cruz better for residents, workers and visitors by bringing new housing, jobs, amenities and infrastructure that embrace technology, a commitment to fight climate change and build a strong sense of community.  Priorities include a mixed-use project that incorporates a 21st-century library, affordable housing, parking and transportation adapted to “green” best practices, and provides for a permanent nearby home for the Farmers’ Market.

We're pleased to confirm that on June 23 the Santa Cruz City Council formally directed staff to proceed with the Downtown Library Mixed-Use Project's design and development. In addition to the 35,000 square foot ground-floor Library, the project will include a minimum of 50 low-income residential units and a parking garage with no more than 400 parking spaces. Read more about the project on the City’s website. This is a project that says YES to a modern library serving our diverse community; YES to affordable housing; YES to equity and opportunity; YES to a vibrant downtown, now and for the future.

At its October 27 meeting the Council will take action on contracting for an Owner's Representative to oversee implementation of the project, including public outreach, design, and construction. Griffen Structures, known nationally for its work on prize-winning libraries and mixed use projects,  has been recommended for confirmation.

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