New Braunfels: Westside Community Center Library Passes Thru Planning Commission
Feature Photo: The Westside Community Center as seen from Interstate 35 South. The old church adjacent to it is being demolished to make room for a community center-library expansion project. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
New Braunfels (Comal County) — The Planning Commission approved new zoning for the location where the city plans to construct the Westside Community Center Library.
At its Nov. 4th session, the commission was asked by the city staff to address the status of two adjacent city-owned lots–2932 and 2910 Interstate 35 South. One has a commercial zoning and the other has a single-family residential zoning.
The two lots were recommended to be changed to Low-Intensity Mixed use District to make way for the construction of the Westside Community Center Library, a project that was on the 2019 bond proposition approved last year by the voters.
Part of the property is already home to the Westside Community Center, but the structure will undergo significant changes as part of the bond-funded renovation and expansion project.
The floor plan for the new community center-library expansion, as designed by Komatsu Architecture.
As explained during the presentation by staff planner Maddison O’Kelley, “The library expansion is a quality of life project approved by our citizens in the 2019 bond election. The IMU-AI District is intended to allow a mix of uses in close proximity to promote people to live, work, and shop in one location.”
On Oct. 12, City Council voted to approve the issuance of an invitation for competitive sealed proposals on the Westside Library Project. The new building will be approximately 8,172 square feet will include but is not limited to a Library, program room, study rooms, and an outdoor garden.
Komatsu Architecture of Fort Worth, which specializes in library design, prepared the floor plan that was presented at the meeting. Their final design for the expansion was approved by City Council on Oct. 14, 2019.
Other activity related to this project includes a contract that was awarded by City Council on Nov. 9 to Flash Demolition for asbestos abatement and demolition of the existing church adjacent to the Westside Community Center.
Flash Demolition submitted the lowest of three proposals received. The contract was for $50,895.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.