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War Memorial Ground Breaking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2004
Media Contacts:  
John Martin, City Manager
(650) 991-8127
D. Peter Gleichenhaus, Director, Public Works Department (650) 991-8038
Mike Stallings, Director, Parks and Recreation Department (650) 991-8367
Carol Simmons, Library Director, Daly City Public Library (650) 991-8029
Groundbreaking For Daly City’s
War Memorial Community Center –
John Daly Library Slated May 1st


Daly City – Groundbreaking for the new War Memorial Center, a significant project in Daly City’s five-year $50 million capital improvement program, will occur on Saturday, May 1st. Starting at 10 a.m., city officials will mark the beginning of the construction of the new $10.5 million facility that will house the community center and the John Daly Library. Nestled at Daly City’s notable “Top of the Hill”, at 6655 Mission Street, the 1953-built structure will soon be razed to make room for the new 35,000 square foot facility.

“Moving forward with the War Memorial project, in spite of the fiscal challenges cities like Daly City are currently experiencing, was not an easy decision to make,” Mayor Sal Torres commented. “The City Council’s commitment, however, to the nearby Hillside neighborhood, and the overwhelming need for the services the new facility will provide for all our residents, prevailed,” he said.

The majority of the funds for the new War Memorial Center are from program-specific monies and grants. To adequately furnish the new building with recreational equipment and library materials, city officials are estimating additional private fundraising efforts in excess of $500,000 by the end of 2005, the projected project completion date.

Last March 22nd, Arntz Builders of Novato was awarded the $10.5 million building contract. Demolition of the old building will occur in mid-May 2004.

In 2001, Mock/Wallace, Barcelon + Jang Architects of San Francisco were awarded the $740,000 contract for design and construction support services.

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