Larkspur Library & Community Center Information  

Project Update (January 2024)

The City has selected the design build team of Alten Construction and Noll & Tam Architects to design and build the new Larkspur Library at The Commons. Stay tuned for more information on project timeline.

Project Update (August 2023)

Three Design-Build Entities selected from Request for Qualifications process to advance to Request for Proposals. 

Notice of Shortlist


The City received nine responses to its Request for Qualifications for Prospective Design-Build Entities for the City of Larkspur Library and Community Space Project (RFQ).

Responses were received from: 

  • Contractor/Architect 
  • BNBuilders/Roesling Nakamura Terada 
  • Wright Contracting/COAR design group 
  • Truebeck Construction/WRNS Studio 
  • Bogard Construction/Jayson Architecture 
  • Midstate Construction/Siegel & Strain 
  • Alten Construction/Noll & Tam Architects 
  • Build Group/RMW 
  • Plant Construction/EHDD 
  • C Overra & Co./ELS 

The City anticipates completing a review of the nine responses by mid-August and issuing to the three top scoring teams a Request for Proposals for the design/construction of the project (RFP) shortly thereafter. 

The RFP process is anticipated to take three months, resulting in City Council award of a contract in mid-to-late November. Design and project development is anticipated to take six-to-nine months followed by eighteen months of construction. 

Community Partnership: The City of Larkspur and the Commons Foundation

Library Project Details

On November 4, 2020, the Larkspur City Council voted to enter into a Letter of Intent (LOI) between the City of Larkspur and The Commons Foundation (TCF) to build a $5 Million Library building at the Rose Lane Community Facility parcel. It is anticipated that the building will serve as the first phase in a multi-phased approach to building a larger library and community center. The phased approach comes after review of multiple options to move forward with the development of the property. Based on analysis of the site location and its potential uses, the City has determined that a phased approach best meets the needs of the community.

City and TCF agree that the preliminary concept for the project is defined to be an approximately 5,000 square-foot building consisting primarily of one large room, restrooms, IT/utility closet(s), storage, and parking. The preliminary concept for the project also includes a mix of defined outdoor uses, though these uses may need to be prioritized relative to budget and the desire to complete construction of the primary building. The building will be designed so that it could be integrated with other buildings constructed as part of future phases of development on the site.

Funding Library Project Details

TCF has until November 2022 to raise $5 Million in cash. The City has also applied for a State Library Grant of $5.2M to match the Commons Foundation donations. If the state does not provide a full 50% match, or TCF raises less than $5M, then the city will decide how much to add from its General Fund Reserve. After fundraising is completed, the city will solicit bids to design and build a new facility based on the funds available.

The Commons Foundation

 A community-led 501(c)(3) not for profit organization whose purpose is to raise private funds from Larkspur and neighboring communities to fund the City building a new modern library at The Commons. Learn more about The Commons Foundation here

Important Documents About Rose Lane

Partnership with Commons Foundation

  • Letter of Intent

 Construction Project/Initial Studies


Staff Reports

Three town hall meetings were held in the Fall of 2015:

Town Hall Meeting #1 (Sep. 2nd at Redwood HS Kreps Conference Center):

Presentation Materials:

Town Hall Meeting #2 (Oct. 7th at CMPA Community Room):

Presentation Material:

Town Hall Meeting #3 (Nov. 14th at Drakes Landing Community Room):

Presentation Material:


The Story So Far:

In 2013, the City Council adopted a master plan for the City's parcel at the Rose Lane Development on Doherty Drive. The Community Facility Parcel Master Plan envisions a new library and community facility for the property. Now it is time to bring this vision to life by designing the building that will be home to these uses.

The City Council requested the help of the community to bring Larkspur's vision for this gathering place to life. The community joined us for one of three Town Hall Meetings and shared their ideas and gave input. 

These meetings were intended to provide the city council with ideas and input from the Larkspur Community to help them in developing a design directive for the architectural design team on how the proposed Library and Community Center should "look and feel."

The team is working on the next steps now that the Town Hall meetings are completed.

The history and development of the Master Plan can be reviewed at Community Facility Master Plan.
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Send Us Your Input 

Visit our 
Request Tracker to offer any ideas you may have on the new Library and Community Center. 
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The Site is located on Doherty Drive at Rose Lane. The 2-acre parcel of land was dedicated to the City of Larkspur for development of a new Library & Community Center as part of the Rose Lane subdivision.