May 5, 2000

County Will Partner With Spring Valley-La Mesa School District to Build Library, Gym and Teen Center

The Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved an agreement with the Spring Valley-La Mesa School District that sets the stage for construction of a new library, gym and teen center in Spring Valley. The facility will be built on the grounds of La Prensa Middle School.

"This is a great example of what can be accomplished when we all work together," said County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who initiated the project. "By pooling together the resources of the county and the school district, we're going to be able to build something wonderful. It will be a place where our kids can learn and play in a safe environment."

The library, gym and teen center will be spread out across nearly five acres. The school district is donating the land, and the county, with help from the state and other grants, will pay for construction costs, which total $4.7 million.

The library will encompass 13,500 square feet, which is more than three times as large as the existing county branch library in Spring Valley, located in a strip mall on Elkelton Blvd. It will be built at a cost of $2.9 million.

Across from the library, the teen center and gym will be constructed.

The teen center will offer counseling, homework assistance, computer training and other activities for pre-teen and teenage youth. The center will be 2,000 square feet in size and cost $310,000 to design and construct.

The gymnasium will include 15,000 square feet, and offer a wide array of recreational programs like basketball, volleyball and aerobics. It will be built at a cost of $1.5 million. During school hours, use of the gym will be reserved exclusively for students attending La Presa Middle School. After school and on weekends, it will be open to the general public.

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