Important note: the following recommendation was approved by the Board of Supervisors on June 23, 2015. The full report can be found as item 1 on the Board's agenda.

District 1 (Supervisor Dave Pine) FY 2015-17 Measure A Request

City of South San Francisco - Grand Avenue Library “Round Two” Community-Requested Improvements $500,000 one-time

At the September 18, 2013 meeting of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, the City of South San Francisco was awarded $400,000 in the first round of San Mateo County Measure A grants to support the Grand Avenue Library Renovation Project. A local funding match in the amount of $133,000 was required which the City exceeded. To complete the remaining improvements associated with this project the City is seeking an additional $500,000 of Measure A funds and is committing to match that contribution on a one-to-one basis bringing the total investment in the Grand Avenue Library Project to $1,704,000.

The Grand Avenue Library serves the Old Town area of South San Francisco the households of which are largely low-income with as many as 45% of households with incomes of less than $50,000/year and 65% with incomes under the City median. Over half the residents in the census tracts surrounding the library are Hispanic, and the library’s Spanish language collection is the strongest in North San Mateo County drawing patrons from many neighboring cities. The library also serves students attending three nearby Title I schools. In addition, the library acts as a community center and significant resource for those needing safety net services such as housing assistance, employment help, and healthcare coverage. With improved facilities, the City of South San Francisco will be able to provide area residents that are served by the County with greater access to both traditional library services and a wide variety of social services.

Grand Avenue Library Renovation Funding Sources


Round One Measure A Funding Award


Round Two Measure A Funding Request


Round One Local “Match” Funding (1 to 3)


Round Two Local “Match” Funding (1 to 1)


Additional Local Funding Commitment


Total Grand Avenue Library Project Budget