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On May 14th 2019, the Santa Cruz City Council voted to put a hold on the decision regarding how to proceed with a Downtown Library Mixed Use Project, and approved formation of a Council Subcommittee to investigate library project alternatives, in collaboration with Library staff and the interested community.

 Watch the May 14th Council meeting here and read the agenda report here

Subcommittee Work Plan: 

The Council Subcommittee is still working on the work plan. Below is a tentative outline of meeting dates for the subcommittee. A meeting recap will be available here following each meeting. 

Subcommittee Recommendation:

The Council Subcommittee will return to the full council with their recommendations on June 23rd at 6:30 pm. 


6/19/19, 4pm

Discussion of Library Needs. Meeting will include a presentation from DLAC and discussion with community stakeholder groups. More information available here

Recap Available Here.

View Meeting Recap & Audio

Canceled: 7/23/19

Meeting Canceled due to scheduling conflicts.



This will be an internal meeting focused on financing. The subcommittee will be looking at the various potential project funding sources: Measure S, Parking Funds, Affordable Housing Funding, and Homelessness Funding. 

Note: this meeting was changed from August 6th. 

Recap Available Here

View Meeting Report out.

8/20/19 5:15pm

Discussion of Downtown Parking District. Community members are welcome to come observe this meeting to be held in the Downtown Library Community Room (2nd Floor)

Recap Available Here

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8/29/19 4:30pm

This meeting will be used for subcommittee office hours. More information available below.

9/17/19 4:30pm

Vision for Downtown Santa Cruz. Meeting will include presentations on Downtown Trends and opportunities from Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA), National Development Council (NDC), and staff. Then there will be a discussion with community stakeholder groups about their Vision for Downtown. More information here.

Recap Available Here 

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10/3/19 4:30pm

This is an internal Meeting.


10/24/19 5pm

Update from Jayson Architects to the Subcommittee on their work to date. The public is welcome to attend and observe. 

Location: Louden Nelson Community Center

Recap Available Here

View Meeting Recap & Video


This is an internal meeting  


This is an internal meeting.  


Community Presentation of Jayson Architect's Final Report. Meeting is from 4-5:30pm at the Downtown Library Community Room (2nd floor). Download final report here

Recap Available Here

 View Meeting recap & Video

 5/7/20 4:30

Community Presentation - Update* from Group 4 on their progress with the Downtown Library Mixed Use Project Cost Assessment.

 *Note: There will be a future community meeting once the final report is ready - as before, the report will be available to the public prior to the meeting.

Meeting Video

Meeting Slides


6/2/20, 4:30pm

Final meeting of the Downtown Library Subcommittee. Meeting will include:

  • Presentation from Group 4 Architects on their final Report of the Mixed Use Cost Assessment. Report will be available here on May 29th.
  • Discussion of the project funding sources
  • Input from stakeholder groups

Community members are invited to provide feedback to the City of Santa Cruz Downtown Library Council Subcommittee via an online survey: 

Meeting Video and Recap


The Downtown Library Subcommittee will return to the full council with their recommendation. Council Report.

More information about how to tune in available here





The Council Subcommittee is setting up office hours to meet with stakeholder groups. Each stakeholder group with be given one (1) 20-minute session to meet with the Council Subcommittee members. Please email staff to request a time slot. Slots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. 

Past/Reserved Slots (all took place in 2019):

  • September 26th 5:00-5:20 pm - UCSC Student Union
  • September 26th 5:20-5:40 pm - Carpenters Union 505/605
  • September 26th 5:50-6:10 pm - MBEP & Non-Profit Housing Association of Nor, C.A.
  • September 26th 6:10-6:30 pm - Volunteer Center & Community Bridges
  • August 29th 4:30-4:50 pm - SC Climate Action Network
  • August 29th 4:55-5:15 pm - Santa Cruz Community Health Centers
  • August 29th 5:20-5:40 pm - Sierra Club, Transportation Committee
  • August 29th 5:45-6:05 pm - Visit Santa Cruz County
  • August 28th 6:10-6:30 pm - Downtown Forward
  • June 24th 12:00-12:10 pm - Affordable Housing Now 
  • June 24th 12:10-12:30 pm -Smart Solutions to Homelessness
  • June 24th 12:30-12:50 pm - Downtown Branch Librarians 
  • June 24th 12:50 - 1:10 pm - Downtown Commons Advocates
  • June 24th 1:10 - 1:30 pm - Campaign for Sensible Transportation
  • June 24th 1:30 - 1:50 pm - SCC Business Council & SCC Chamber
  • June 24th 1:50 - 2:10 pm -COPA Housing Team
  • June 24th 2:10 - 2:30 pm -Downtown Association
  • June 24th 2:30 - 2:50 pm -Don't Bury the Library
  • June 24th 2:50 - 3:10 pm -Downtown Library Advisory Committee
  • June 24th 3:10 - 3:30 pm -Friends of the Library

We will continue to update this page with additional time slots as they become available.