A 2005 cost estimate placed construction costs at $184.9 million. Turner Construction will now return next year with a guaranteed construction bid on the project. Council Member Marti Emerald said in supporting the bid in Ocotober that “With all the investment thats been made and so many years of this, I think that we owe almost a duty to the people who have dedicated so many years and so much money to find out what this would cost.
San Diego Public Library Foundation Chair Judith C. Harris urged the Council to move forward. Mrs. Harris said Our contributors believe enough to donate $37.5 million in private money for this project. The State of California believes in us enough to hold $20 million for us for seven years. The San Diego Unified School District believes in us enough to dedicate $20 million. I’m asking you, please, share the same faith. Believe in your volunteers. Believe in your city.”
In July 2010 the San Diego City Counsil is considering to award construction contract and the building is planned to be completed in January 2013.
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