Mayor Faulconer & Councilmember Cole break ground on new Skyline Hills Library
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Among Southeastern San Diego neighbors, families and civic leaders, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Councilmember Myrtle Cole Wednesday celebrated the groundbreaking of the new $13 million Skyline Hills Branch Library, which will be the first new branch library since 2009.
Mayor Faulconer said, “This library will be more than a place to keep books. It will be a 21st century library that is a place for learning, bringing neighbors together and providing many other services and opportunities for residents. All this makes today a special day for our Skyline community as we break ground on San Diego’s newest library.”
Councilmember Cole said, “Today is truly an exciting day. The new Skyline Hills Branch Library represents a $13.2 million dollar investment and will help to revitalize our neighborhoods into a vibrant, educational hub and meeting place. As I’ve done with this library, I will continue to fight to strengthen our neighborhoods until we have the basic necessities to help people thrive.”
The new Skyline Hills project is a part of the Mayor Faulconer’s One San Diego budget that focuses on improving all city neighborhoods. The new 15,000 square foot LEED silver-sustainable design branch library will feature a multi-purpose community meeting room, conference rooms, study rooms, dedicated areas for children, a computer lab, bookstore, outdoor courtyard and floating roof with prismatic skylights.
The library will also feature unique artwork from the nationally known artist group Actual Size Artworks. It will consist of two sculptures on the outdoor walls flanking the entrance and five sculptures suspended inside the library. Actual Size Artworks, which produces large-scale permanent and temporary public art across the country.
The new branch library will serve many communities in Southeast San Diego including North Bay Terraces, Skyline Hills, Jamacha-Lomita Village and residents in the South Bay Terraces, Paradise Hills and Spring Valley.
The new library, which is slated for completion in 2016, will replace the outdated Skyline Hills branch, which was built in 1969.