first_imgWHITTIER – The future of a new library here most likely will be determined by the fate of a $600 million bond issue that will be on the June 6, 2006, primary ballot. The city already has been rejected in two rounds of funding from a $300 million library bond from 2000. Now officials are playing the waiting game. “We’re kind of in a hold mode until we find out about the bond,” Councilman Bob Henderson said. The city wants to build a 72,000-square-foot library on a 3.41-acre, city-owned lot on an old Alpha Beta grocery store site north of Bailey Street, between Comstock and Milton avenues. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But should the bond fail, officials said, they may have to rethink their support for a new library. “I’m willing to wait and see what happens,” Mayor Greg Nordbak said. “We’re in line to get funding. If the outcome is bad, we go back to the drawing board and see what we come up with.” However, the city’s Library Board isn’t willing to just wait. They recently approved a resolution supporting the bond and plan to write a letter to the City Council urging the council to continue its support of a new library. “We want to reinforce our support for retaining the Alpha Beta property,” said Gail Chabran, library board president. It’s important that a new library be constructed, Chabran said. “It’s pretty obvious the current library is really outdated,” she said. “The infrastructure is challenged. They have managed to wire it for use of computers and the Internet, but they could do a lot more.” More meeting space is needed, she said. For example when author Isabelle Allende came to speak, the event was held at the Whittier gymnasium instead of at the library, Chabran said. Should the bond pass, the city should be in line to get about $20 million for a new library, said Paymaneh Maghsoudi, library director. “The first $300 million from the bond will be allocated for libraries left out of the last bond,” Maghsoudi said. “We were rated outstanding in the last round and have an excellent opportunity.” Whittier was rejected twice when it applied for money from the $350 million, 2000 library bond. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more