The Newport Beach City Council turns soil Tuesday as work begins on a new library and fire station in Corona del Mar.(Photo by Drew A. Kelley )
Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan speaks during the groundbreaking Tuesday for a new fire station and library complex in Corona del Mar.(Photo by Drew A. Kelley )
Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield speaks at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new combined fire station and library in Corona del Mar.(Photo by Drew A. Kelley )
A rendering shows the “fibrary” that is expected to open in summer 2019.(Courtesy of city of Newport Beach)
Work began Tuesday on Corona del Mar’s new fire station and library complex.
Newport Beach leaders celebrated the $8.8-million combined facility with a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the former fire station and library buildings at Marigold Avenue and East Coast Highway.
The buildings were about 60 years old and had reached the end of their usefulness, the city says. Firefighters were working out of a single-wide trailer onsite because the old station had fallen out of code, and library staff was making stopgap repairs to its building.
The city estimates the “fibrary” will be complete in summer 2019.
In the meantime, book lovers can visit the three other Newport libraries, and the Fire Department will use a temporary facility in a parking lot at the Oasis Senior Center, about a quarter-mile away.