Two years ago, residents in the unincorporated area of Lennox were served by one of the oldest libraries operated by the County of Los Angeles. Old shelves, old books, old tables. The nearby Sheriff’s station wasn’t much better. Now, it’s out with the old and in with the new, as the Lennox Library and former Sheriff’s Station are almost done with their makeovers.
”This renovation has been long overdue,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas. “In addition to the expansion of the library, Lennox residents will finally be able to access a variety of government resources right in their own neighborhood.”
In April 2012, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized $4.4 million to more than double the size of the old 4,500-square-foot library into a 10,000-square-foot state of the art, environmentally efficient facility. The project also will transform part of the old station into a new 7,200-square-foot community service center. The Sheriff’s department will still maintain a presence on the eastern portion of the campus in a facility that will also undergo renovations.
Aside from providing standard book services to the Lennox community, the new library will include a teen study room, a children’s library, a designated area for both teen and children’s collections, a homework center, an audiovisual area, nine public access computers, and a community meeting room.
The County’s local worker hiring program requires the contractor to hire qualified workers who reside within a 5-mile radius of the project or within a County of Los Angeles zip code where the unemployment rate exceeds 150% of the County’s average unemployment rate. These workers, considered “Local Workers” for the purpose of the program, must account for 30 percent of construction hours on the project.
“The Board’s decision to invest in the Lennox community will benefit children and families for years to come,” the Supervisor said. “Today, we are providing employment opportunities for local residents. Tomorrow we will have a new library that will provide our future leaders with the educational tools they need to succeed in school and beyond. It’s a win by any measure.”
To date, the Local Worker Hiring Program has exceeded expectations, with local residents working 44% of the total construction hours.
The construction of the new Lennox Library and Constituent Service Center is now approximately 85% complete and on target for a grand opening in February 2014. The Lennox Sheriff’s station next door is anticipated to reopen by Spring 2014.
“I look forward to walking into the doors of what will be both functional and beautiful new facilities in Lennox.”