BRENTWOOD -- City leaders this week reviewed nine exterior design concepts for a new library and discussed the future formation of a Brentwood Library Foundation to take the lead on community fundraising.

The Brentwood City Council's Land Use and Development Committee on Monday focused on four design concepts out of the nine concepts presented. The architect hired to design the library will refine those design concepts and present them to the City Council at a later date, according to Kwame Reed, Brentwood's senior community development analyst.

"These design concepts are just being used for marketing to spark interest and show them what it (library) could potentially look like," he said. "We are trying to get the community to understand that this is what your library could look like."

Reed said the initial design plans could change and that city leaders want the new library branch to be its own stand-alone building, but with the Brentwood architectural feel to it. Committee member and Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant said that they have a good architect in place who is listening to not only the council but also the community.

"They want it to look like the Brentwood Civic Center but not blend in too much," Brentwood management analyst Gail Leech said. "The architect will bring back some final designs from there."

In the meantime, city officials and the Friends of the Brentwood Library have been touring newer Contra Costa County libraries and communicating with their existing foundations in Lafayette, Orinda and Walnut Creek for guidance and support.


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"Their libraries are newer and well-spoken of, and their foundations are very successful. They provided us with a lot of info," Reed said of the three branches. "We are hoping that the Friends of the Brentwood Library will take the lead on this and that the city would be in an advisory role."

To establish the foundation, Leech said that an advisory committee will soon start the selection process for members of the foundation's board of directors. She added that the committee would likely include real estate professionals, nonprofit organizations and developers in addition to the Friends of the Brentwood Library.

From there, a consultant would conduct a feasibility study to determine if there are enough local donors for a capital fundraising campaign.

"They would help guide them in getting that foundation off the ground. There would be someone to help them," Leech said.

This spring, the council will also consider funding options for the construction of the new library. Reed noted that it is a bigger project than the city first anticipated and the foundation would help supplement construction costs and later support convenient services for local users.

"We want to keep the process moving, but it is going be a slow process," he said.

Contact Paula King at 925-779-7174.