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Copley Gives $2M For Central Library

David C. Copley, chief executive officer of Copley Press Inc. and publisher of the


San Diego Union-Tribune,

has contributed $2 million to the city’s new main library project.

Planned on a Downtown block bounded by Park Boulevard, Eleventh Avenue and J and K streets, the nine-story, state-of-the-art facility will be a 495,942-square-foot educational, cultural and recreational center for the public more than three times the size of the current central library, which it will replace, according to a city spokeswoman.

The new main library is billed as the heart of the city’s $312.3 million library building project that was approved by Mayor Dick Murphy and the City Council in 2002. The project calls for building or improving 24 libraries throughout the city. To date, library projects in Point Loma and La Jolla have been completed, while four others in College-Rolando, Otay Mesa-Nestor, Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa, and University City are currently under construction.

Funding for the project, expected to break ground later this year, will come from $80 million in redevelopment money, $50 million in private contributions, and a $20 million state library construction grant. The opening is planned for 2008.

Pat Broderick

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