MEMO TO: Library Board Members FROM: Councilmember Nick Licata RE: Beacon Hill Library Branch siting DATE: January 4, 2000 I understand that the Library Board has narrowed the options for siting the Beacon Hill Branch Library from twelve to three. The remaining locations under consideration are: á The Chin Auto site á The current location á The Wells Fargo location I am writing to you today to respectfully request that you remove the Chin Auto site from those under consideration. My reasons are threefold. 1. The North Beacon Hill Community Council preferred locations are either the current site or the Wells Fargo site. 2. The Chin Auto property, if selected, would require the demolition of 5 homes and 1 business. The five residential properties are home to approximately 16 people. Two of the five residential properties are owner-occupied and three are affordable rentals. Often the goals of a project like this one are in conflict with another set of community-identified goals. I feel that the legitimate interests of the Library Board to identify an optimum piece of property to site a new Beacon Hill Branch Library are potentially in conflict with the legitimate interest of the neighborhood in maintaining affordable housing. I don't feel that it is appropriate to use city funds to demolish housing when there are other available locations that are good, viable options. 3. It appears that there may be signification opposition to the further pursuit of the Chin Auto site from the impacted property owners and rental occupants. It is my understanding that if this property was selected by the Library Board it would be necessary for the City Council to act to condemn the six properties. The potential exists for this to become a politically divisive City Council action. If there were legal challenges to a condemnation the costs will likely escalate beyond the funds budgeted for property acquisition. Again, since there are other viable options for the new Beacon Hill Branch Library, I do not support this approach. Thank you for your consideration of the above. I look forward to the Library Board's decision in this matter.