City Selects Proposal for Reuse, Restoration of Carnegie Library

Courtesy photo    The interior of Alameda’s Carnegie Library features a magnificent barrel vault ceiling.

In October 2018, the City of Alameda released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the rehabilitation and reuse of the long-vacant Alameda Carnegie Library at 2264 Santa Clara Ave. and the adjacent Foster House at 1429 Oak St. The goal of the RFQ was to find a tenant for the Carnegie that would provide cultural, educational and economic benefits to the Alameda community, restore and maintain the historic character of the building and provide for public use of the building as frequently as possible.  

The successful proposal re-envisions the Historic Carnegie Library and adjacent Foster House as the Carnegie Innovation Hall, a state-of-the-art center for innovation combining education and entrepreneurship with the arts, performance, music and technology. The space will focus on educational programming during the day and provide a venue for theater, performing arts and other events in the evening. The proposal should include full restoration and preservation of the historic library. 

The proposing team is led by Michael Sturtz, founder of The Crucible, a well-regarded non-profit industrial arts education center in West Oakland. Sturtz lives just a few doors down from the library.

Community members interested in learning more about the successful proposal and the RFQ process are invited to a community meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers in City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., third floor.

City staff are in lease negotiations with the proposal team. A lease agreement is expected to come before the City Council for approval in the spring of 2019. 

For more information about the proposal process, see alamedaca.gov/carnegie or contact Amanda Gehrke, management analyst, at 747-6896. For more information about the Carnegie Innovation Hall, visit www.carnegieinnovationhall.org.