The actual library design will not be determined until the environmental impact report is completed and Atherton residents have had their say about what they want to see in the new library. In order to make the EIR as complete as possible, however, it needs to look at the "worst-case scenarios" for possible library designs.
Council members agreed at their Dec. 21 meeting that the new library, whatever its final size, will not occupy more than 10,000 square feet of park space — an area about 5,000-square-feet less than now occupied by the park's main house and the patios, walkways and parking areas surrounding it.
The library could be more than 10,000 square feet if it is more than one story.
The council also agreed that the library should be located as far away from the park's historic water tower as possible within the area where the main house currently is.
The town will update the current master plan for the park, the 2005 "Schematic Landscape Master Plan," to show the proposed footprint of a new library in the park as well as showing the existing main house building replaced with a library and the associated changes in the public use of the space.
The existing 82-year-old, 4,790-square-foot library building, located near the town center, could be reused for public uses ranging from town offices, records storage, an art center, school or senior center.
The building would probably be classified as historic, so it would be difficult to get permission to demolish it.