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PUBLIC TO GET CHANCE TO SHAPE CITY HALL.

Byline: Cecilia Chan Daily News Staff Writer

Residents can weigh in on what they would like to see for the planned new City Hall and library complex at a community meeting tonight.

CHCG Architects of Pasadena will be on hand to discuss how the estimated $4 million project will unfold from start to finish, and to take input from the public. The city hired the firm to do the project for $400,000 after a search.

``The City Council and the architect firm are looking to the community to provide the city with some valuable feedback about the design element and what sort of architectural style the building should reflect,'' said City Manager Ray Taylor. ``Whether it should be a Mediterranean style or modern style, or should it be a one-building shell housing both functions or two separate buildings.''

The discussion also will include how to design the internal layout of the library and how big to make the council chambers at City Hall.

The proposed complex is planned for the southeast corner of Agoura Road and Oak Crest Drive in the Spectrum Business Park. The city leases the buildings used for its City Hall and library.

Although the project calls for a 10,000-square-foot City Hall and a 10,000-square-foot library, that could change, Taylor said. Also the price to build the complex is likely be more like $5 million, he said.

And though the city can finance the construction entirely out of its reserves, it would probably borrow the money considering the low interest rates, he said.

``There will be coming meetings over the entire life of the project,'' Taylor said. ``But this one is important because it begins to set the design criteria to be used in the actual design of the building.

``We estimate the total time frame which the project will occur from beginning to end to be two years.''

The city has been debating and planning the complex for more than a decade, said Councilman Mark Rutherford.

``Part of the debate for so long was, Where do we put it and mixed into that was, How big and what will it do,'' he said. ``We don't have a real hard cut-off date (to complete the project).

``We don't want to rush it,'' he said. ``We want to do make sure it's right.''

THE FACTS

What: Special community meeting

Host: Westlake Village City Council

When: 7:30 p.m., tonight

Where: City Hall, 4373 Park Terrace Drive
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