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A few months ago, public protests persuaded the San Diego City Council not to close the Ocean Beach library due to budget shortfalls. Prior to this successful outcry, library users were told they would have to travel two miles to the Point Loma Branch -- the nearest public library. The decision to close the Ocean Beach library will be reviewed by city council later this year.

So it was surprising to receive a City Development Services Department "Notice of Future Decision" for a Coastal Development Permit for a "9478 square-foot addition and renovation to the existing 4,572 square-foot existing Ocean Beach Library."

The applicant listed on the notice is local architect Scott Magic. An associate of Mr. Magic informed me that the design for the building is in its very early stages and believes that any construction would be at least two years off. Neither he nor the city's project manager, Vena Lewis, yet know whether the library would be closed during the renovation.

The City purchased an adjacent two-story office building years ago for an eventual library expansion. The City leases it to the former owners. There are no funds available to begin the new construction.

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scottishmagic April 13, 2009 @ 1:39 p.m.

Thanks for the writing about the OB Library.

To clarify, I am the project manager, not an architect, however I work for ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells. Randy Hanna and I have been working with The City of San Diego on a renovation and expansion of the OB Library since 1996. As mentioned, the project is under review for a "Coastal Development Permit" and is in a preliminary design phase. Please contact us next time to fact check your article.

-Scott Magic Assoc. AIA ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells www.architects-hgw.com

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