YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MOVES TO PUT LIBRARY IN FORMER PFF BUILDING

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MOVES TO PUT LIBRARY IN FORMER PFF BUILDING

The Yucca Valley Redevelopment Agency purchased the PFF Bank building for $1.6 million in October 2009, and the building has become an eyesore by sitting vacant ever since. In part two of a two-part report, managing editor Tami Roleff says the Yucca Valley Town Council held a special workshop Tuesday afternoon to hear about the costs of renovating the PFF Bank building into a county library and approved the negotiations over the lease with the county….
In a workshop meeting held prior to the special town council meeting Tuesday, Yucca Valley council members were given more information about rehabilitating the former PFF Bank building into a county library and the town’s lease with the county for the library. A conservative estimate for renovating the building into a library is between $1.5 million and $1.8 million. The county will spend about $1 million on furniture, fixtures, and equipment. The town expects to charge the county about 65 cents per square foot for the new building (up from 27 cents per square foot now), increasing to 70 cents per square foot, over a 15-year lease. The timeline for completion of the renovated library is about 15 months. The council directed staff to move forward with the lease agreement with the county, which will be brought back to the council next month.

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3 comments to YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MOVES TO PUT LIBRARY IN FORMER PFF BUILDING

  • oc4boxer

    This is a dreadful idea. The library now is located adjacent to the community center, museum, and a park, and is within walking distance of a senior center and residential areas. The PFF building is on a busy corner in walking distance of absolutely nothing.

    The town never should have purchased the building, but instead of throwing more money down this hole it should be sold off so the site can be redeveloped.

  • Teri

    I’ve always thought they should move the Town offices there, and maybe add in the local police substation also. Then they could use the current Town offices space to expand the existing library, while keeping it where it is. Even if they kept the police substation by the park, it still makes more sense than completely moving the library. Or put the Welcome Center in the PFF building, the Town offices in the current Welcome Center, and STILL expand the existing library. Just don’t move the library!!

  • Blayd

    Just another Yucca Valley money grab. First its a sales tax increase to fund their past mistakes in allowing over-developement which wacks plenty of folks, and benefits very few. Now its time to soak the county for the white elephant they purchased.

    Time for the county to stop spending on foolish Yucca Valley projects, such as moving the library. Maybe move the town offices to the expensive dog and cat hotel that wasn’t needed.

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