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The focus of the relocated Elk Grove library on Wednesday’s forum


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Work in progress at Old Town Plaza on Railroad Street in historic downtown Elk Grove on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The pavilion structure, now complete, will be the centerpiece of a community gathering space that will be enhanced by relocation of a new library two blocks away.

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Elk Grove’s plans for a new library on the outskirts of the city’s old town will be a visit to two community events Wednesday.

Residents can stop by an open house Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Elk Grove Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove-Florin Road; or 5 p.m. at the city booth during the Food Truck Mania event at Old Town Plaza, 9645 Railroad St., Elk Grove Boulevard, to learn more about the plans and influence the design of the project.

The new library branch is slated for the old Rite Aid location, 9260 Elk Grove Blvd., a few blocks east at Elk Grove and Waterman Road, replacing the two-story 13,875 square foot site in the cramped corner of Elk Boulevard Grove and Elk Grove-Florin Road.

The planned 17,340 square foot site at the former Rite Aid will be more than 3,500 square feet larger than the current library house and, with 95 parking spaces, will have double the number of spaces at the current site of the old Town.

Elk Grove and the Sacramento Public Library are designing the project.

Elk Grove bought the Rite Aid site earlier this year in a $ 3 million deal, one-third of its 2018 asking price of $ 9 million. A 2018 city study on needs Elk Grove’s long-term library and arts facility revealed that the Old Town and Franklin High School branches were undersized for the town’s population.

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Darrell Smith covers the courts and California news for The Sacramento Bee. He joined The Bee in 2006 and previously worked for newspapers in Palm Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Marysville. Originally from the Sacramento Valley, Smith was born and raised at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville.


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