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MEDIA ADVISORY: Mary Agnes Young Library Groundbreaking Event, May 12, in San Lucas, Calif.

Contact Information: 
U.S. EPA: Soledad Calvino ( calvino.maria@epa.gov)
Monterey County Free Libraries: Jayanti Addleman (AddlemanJG@co.monterey.ca.us)
831 883-7573

SAN FRANCISCO — On Thursday, May 12th, U.S. EPA Region 9 will join Monterey County Free Libraries partners at an official groundbreaking event to launch construction of the Mary Agnes Young Library in San Lucas, Calif. The cleanup of ground contaminants, which allowed for redevelopment of the property, was made possible by a $123,000 grant through the U.S. EPA’s Brownfields program. Monterey County had previously received $74,000 in EPA contract assistance to study the contamination at the site and to identify possible cleanup options.

The new LEED silver library of approximately 1,200 square feet will provide study and seating areas, a larger selection of materials, hosting of school visits, programming for all ages, and computer and internet access for students and families. Key design features include: two outdoor trellis patio covers to allow for shaded outdoor programming, a solar photovoltaic electrical system to offset electricity use, recycled building materials, water efficient fixtures and energy efficient HVAC units, and drought-resistant landscaping. The library construction is being funded by the County of Monterey, Monterey County Free Libraries, grants from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Community Development Block Grants, and a donation from the Sarmento family in honor of their mother and grandmother. Mary Agnes Young Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

WHAT: Mary Agnes Young Library Official Groundbreaking Event

WHEN: Thursday, May 12; 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: 54692 Teresa Street, San Lucas, Calif.  


Lisa Hanusiak, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Brownfields Project Manager

Jayanti Addleman, Monterey County Free Libraries, County Librarian

Simon Salinas, District 2 Supervisor        

MEDIA: Following event, officials will be available for interviews and b-roll/video/photo opportunities.

RSVP: Credentialed press who would like to attend and/or request additional details should e-mail calvino.maria@epa.gov. Please include your name, media affiliation, and contact information in your request.