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Next library open house is Tuesday

The City of Renton is listening and taking into consideration public comments about the re-development of libraries in the city.

That’s the message Preeti Shridhar, the city’s deputy public affairs administrator, conveys.

All comments collected at the first library open house were added to the city’s webpage concerning libraries and responses to questions were also added, she said.

The City of Renton and the King County Library System will host another open house and update on library plans at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City Hall Conference Center on the seventh floor.

Shridhar reports that the Cedar River library is in the preliminary engineering phase and there is no building design under way right now.

“The architects need to understand the limitations imposed by structural and seismic conditions and corrections before they can begin,” wrote Shridhar in an email. “We understand this engineering phase will take another month or so.”

The Highlands library is a different story.

“The schematic design has been completed, but additional information about the cost of site improvements needs to be developed before a budget can be presented to council,” Shridhar said.

Legal agreements are proceeding on the Highlands library and Sunset redevelopment project.

The purchase and sale agreement for the Highlands library between the Renton Housing Authority and its developer, Colpitts Development Co. and agreements between Colpitts and the City of Renton are moving forward, Shridhar said.

All of these agreements, she reports, are in draft phase.

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