New lot will add 12 parking spaces

The West Linn City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a $196,845 contract with Braun Construction and Design for a new parking lot at the West Linn Public Library.

Braun came in with the low bid for the project, which was budgeted for $250,000 by the city and opened for bidding on July 11. The bid was considerably cheaper than the next lowest bid from 3 Kings Environmental, which came in at $251,235.

Slated for completion by mid-October, the lot will create 12 new parking spaces with direct access to the children and teen areas on the library’s lower level.

“Everyone involved with the library has long identified parking as a major impediment to the future continued success of the library,” Assistant City Manager Kirsten Wyatt said. “Finding additional parking was a top component of the library’s adopted strategic plan and the top project in the library capital improvement plan.”

The new lot will be constructed on 5750 Hood St., about a block away from where the current 32-space lot stands. The city purchased the property for $203,000 in 2011 using the county’s library district capital funds.

“It will create a dynamic gateway into the library that is welcoming for families,” Wyatt said. “And it will allow the library to provide enhanced programming for our community.”

Between July 1, 2012, and June 30 of this year, the library served a total of 211,142 customers who checked out an average of 1,942 items per day.

Each hour, according to Library Director Holly Mercer, the library welcomes an average of 79 customers — far beyond what a single 32-space parking lot can accommodate.

Thus, Mercer said, “I am very excited about the contract approval for the parking lot.”

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