Mayor Leads Ceremony at Library Construction Site

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    NBCSanDiego

    The ground level of the new Central Library is complete - a milestone many never thought it would happen.

    San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders spoke Thursday at a podium completion celebration at the construction site for the developing nine-story library in downtown San Diego's East Village.

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    The building spans an entire block between 11th Street and Park Boulevard, bordered by J Street and K Street.

    "I know there are some of you who thought this would never happen," Sanders said to a large crowd of supporters who were given hard hat tours of the site.

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    Funding for the controversial project, which broke ground last summer is about 30 percent complete, has been questioned by critics who say the project should not be a priority for the city grappling with budget cuts.

    Sanders said the project is on time and on budget.

    He believes the library is a step in the right direction for San Diego's future.

    The $185 million facility is slated to be completed in February 2013.