A new Library being considered as part of the new transit-development project at EC Plaza station

BART will be hosting a community open house on Wednesday, July 20 at the El Cerrito Plaza station, from 4 to 6:30pm. The city is considering locating the new El Cerrito Library at the station. Please come to the open house to provide feedback on this concept! We will love to see library supporters there. Here’s the announcement from the BART regarding the open house:

El Cerrito Plaza BART Station development: In-person open house on July 20
RELEASE DATE: 07/11/2022

Hello all, 

We are excited to announce a community open house on Wednesday, July 20 at the El Cerrito Plaza BART Station from 4:00-6:30 PM, hosted by the development team of Holliday Development and Related California.

The team will unveil their updated plans for transit-oriented development (TOD), including roughly 780 mixed-income homes, that will transform the station’s parking lots. These homes will be located so that future residents will find riding transit, walking, and biking more convenient than driving.

The city is also considering locating the new El Cerrito library at the station. The team is seeking your feedback on these updated development concepts. Construction on the TOD is expected to begin in 2024. More information can be found at the developer’s website, https://www.elcerritoplazadevelopment.com/.  

Community members in the surrounding neighborhoods can learn about and provide feedback on upcoming transportation and parking changes and ideas in and around the station at this open house.BART and city staff will be on hand to discuss changes and ideas for riders getting to and from BART as part of the Berkeley-El Cerrito Corridor Access Plan.  

The open house will take place outside between Central Avenue and El Cerrito Plaza BART station’s northern fare gates. This is a drop-in event, so participants can arrive at any time between 4:00 and 6:30 PM.  We hope to see you there! 

The Berkeley-El Cerrito Corridor Access Team 

Grace MacNeill, 1924-2021

Grace was a much loved and well known research librarian in the Contra Costa County Library System and worked for 25 years at the El Cerrito Library. She was both a long time Board member of the Friends of El Cerrito Library and Chair before stepping down early this year. She was one of the founding Board members of the El Cerrito Library Foundation. She guided Friends’ annual book sales and, with help of dedicated volunteers (for whom she had strong affection), raised funds for programming, books, and more for the El Cerrito Library. She personally donated generously to both Friends and Foundations fund raising efforts.

We at both the Friends and the Foundation will miss her gentle presence and voice at the Library and Board meetings, and her strong advocacy for all libraries. Thank you and rest in peace, eternal Grace.