The Commons at Larkspur
The Commons at Larkspur will be home to the new Larkspur Library, a center for our communities, with outdoor landscaped gathering spaces and ample parking. Located in easy walking distance to three schools and to Downtown Larkspur’s shops and civic buildings, The Commons will become a hub for community life in our region, while the modern library will provide welcome learning and community resources for Larkspur, Kentfield, Ross, Greenbrae, and Corte Madera.
The New Modern Library
The LLCCF has funded a Fundraising Feasibility Study of major donors and as a result The Commons at Larkspur project has been reconfigured.
The LLCCF and the City of Larkspur are in consensus to reduce the scope and scale of the first phase LLCC project to:
The Larkspur Library at The Commons
A $12.5M first phase project, 10,000 square foot building with 30 parking spaces
A Modern Library with community meeting rooms, increased parking and improved access
How will we pay for it
Based on the results of the Feasibility Study, the City and the LLCCF are in consensus to have the City contribute $7.5M (60%) from public funds and the LLCCF $5M (40%) from private funds.
The LLCCF and the City of Larkspur are also in consensus to pursue the following financing options for the City’s portion of the new facilities’ cost:
Partnerships with government agencies
Partnerships with private developers for a mixed-use project
Other funding sources
Based on the City’s staff reports we can expect to begin to see results from the financing options in Q1-2020.
In addition, the City has approved sending out an Request for Proposal for an Architect to provide schematic drawing to support fundraising and planning efforts for the Commons and the new Larkspur Library.
The Larkspur Library Community Center Foundation
Mission: To partner with the City of Larkspur and lower ross valley communities in raising the funds to build and sustain The Commons at Larkspur and the new Larkspur Library.
The Larkspur Library Community Center (LLCC) Foundation is a citizen-led 501(c)(3) organization.
Larkspur Library Community Center Foundation is proud to have an Organization Fund managed by the Marin Community Foundation.
Joseph (Joe) W. Jennings, President
Moved to Larkspur in 2009 with his wife Marisa.
Co-founded and led the LLCC Task Force and then the Larkspur Library Community Center Foundation since 2018.
Retired high technology patent broker, and previously a senior executive, and market development consultant for 37 years. Principal credits include the IBM ThinkPad, Adobe Acrobat, Intertrust digital rights management and RPX Corp in defensive patent aggregation.
Supporter of the Baltimore Park NRG (Volunteer), Homeward Bound of Marin, Lark Theater, Larkspur Community Foundation, Friends of the Larkspur Library, Larkspur Beautiful, and SPARK.
Member of Marin Master Gardeners, former board member, teaches classes on vegetable, tomato and citrus gardening, and is co-chairperson of the MMG Opportunity Fund.
Active in the Episcopal Church and Deanery in Marin County.
MBA, Finance, University of Washington, and a BA, cum laude, Political Science, Whitman College.
Jeanne Friedel, Secretary
Over 25 years’ experience working with and within Marin communities.
Appointed by the Mayor of Larkspur to the Ad Hoc committee to develop the Master Plan for a new Community Center project.
Serves as a commissioner for the City of Larkspur Parks and Recreation and is founder of the Larkspur Rec’ing Crew, a nonprofit organization, that helps fund youth programs for children in need within the community.
Rotary: President of the Rotary Club of Terra Linda 2015-2016 and Community Services Director 2016-2017, Membership Co-Chair for the Rotary District 5150 serving 42 clubs with 1850 members, and Chairman of the Steering Committee for a joint project between multiple Rotary Clubs and the Center 4 Domestic Peace helping to develop needed bed space for families coming out of domestic violence.
17 years working with the Sausalito Art Festival as the volunteer coordinator and operations director dealing with a work force of over 1,200 volunteers and managing the logistics of the multi-million dollar festival.
Worked with the City of Sausalito managing their city wide events including the Caledonia Street Fair and Jazz by the Bay, as well as the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce.
Katherine Green, Treasurer
Resident of Larkspur since 1994
Volunteer for Neil Cummins Elementary School, Twin Cities Little League, Hall Middle School, Marin Highlanders Rugby Club, Redwood High School, Larkspur Creekside HOA Board
Supporter of Lark Theater, Friends of the Larkspur Library, Rec’ing Crew, Larkspur Community Foundation, Youth In Arts, Marin Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club, KQED
LARC Committee Member: Appointed by Larkspur City Council to determine use of parcel at Rose Lane development 2012-2013 (results of this became the 2013 Master Plan.)
20+ years experience as complex civil litigation paralegal with specialty in will and trust litigation, representing large high-profile charitable trusts; administration of medium and small charitable trusts for trustees; general State and Federal legal business compliance
15 years experience in real estate support and compliance services, self-employed
North Tahoe native, attended UC Irvine (B.A.-Political Science), Orange Coast College (Certificate-Hotel Management)
Interested in building, cooking, engineering, mechanics, entertaining, reading, gardening, creating
Task Force Members:
Gabriel Gesmer, Rose Lane Homeowners Association Board member
Catherine Pyke, Friends of Library board member
AJ Rea, Larkspur Library Foundation board member
Paul Straub, Larkspur Library Foundation board member
Lisbet Sunshine, Larkspur Parks and Recreation Commissioner and President
Jennifer Bowman, Community Relations
Stacey Ford, Architect
Heather Hebert, Marketing
Tamara Hull, CPA, Non-Profit Finance and Accounting
Sue Painter, Fundraising
The LLCC Foundation received unanimous votes for authorization to raise funds and collaborate with the City of Larkspur to design and build buildings in a phased approach from:
The Friends of the Library (9/2/18)
The Library Board of Trustees (9/10/18)
The Larkspur Library Foundation (9/12/18)
The Parks and Recreation Commission (9/20/18)
The Larkspur City Council (10/17/18)
The LLCC Foundation’s goal is to fulfill the recommendations in the July 2013 Larkspur Rose Garden Community Facilities Parcel Master Plan Report. The LLCC Foundation is independent of the Library and Parks and Recreation and their support organizations.
5/18 LLCC Task Force Founded
10/18 5 Organizations Unanimous Vote for LLCC to Lead on Fundraising
10/18 City-LLCC Work Group formed
11/18 LLCC recommended, City approved The Commons branding
12/18 City 501c3 Transferred, LLCC Foundation started
12/18 LLCCF Fundraising begins: $280,000 Raised, $213,280 Balance
2/19 LLCCF Hired Partnership Resources Group
5/19 Community and Government Relations meetings ongoing
8/19 City of Larkspur Unfunded CIP Workshop Presentation
9/19 Fundraising Feasibility Study Completed; First major planned gift received; established Organization Fund managed by the Marin Community Foundation
10/1 Erected Future Home of The Commons and the new Larkspur Library sign.
LLCC Task Forsement 2018 Endorsements
We, the following, support the LLCC Foundation's mission to raise private and public funds, and in collaboration with the City of Larkspur, build in a phased approach a Library/Community Center on City property at Rose Lane.
Madeline Arlas, Larkspur
Ron Arlas, Larkspur, Former Mayor and Councilmember
Jeanne Azen, Greenbrae, Friends of Library, Board Member
Sandy Blauvelt, Larkspur, Larkspur Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Jennifer Bowman, Greenbrae, St. Johns Ross Youth Ministry, Vanguard Properties
Carrie Burroughs, Larkspur, Friends of the Larkspur Library
Andi Candell, Greenbrae, KIK Board Member
Scott Candell, Greenbrae, KIK Board Member
Lara Eisenbarth, Greenbrae, Redwood HS parent
Kristi Ellenzweig, Larkspur, Treasurer, Larkspur Library Foundation Board
Stacey Ford, Greenbrae
Barbara Friday, Larkspur, President, Friends of the Larkspur Library
Karl Friday, Larkspur, Larkspur resident 35 years
Jeanne Friedel, Larkspur, LLCC Foundation Officer, LLCCTask Force Member, Task Force Member, Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Chris Gallagher, Greenbrae, Rotary Member
Gabriel Gesmer JD, PhD, Larkspur, LLCC Task Force Member, Board Member Rose Lane Master Association
Laura Gray, Larkspur, SPARK Board Member
Brendan Green, Larkspur
Kathy Green, Larkspur, LLCC Foundation Officer, LLCC Task Force Member, 2013 Master Plan member
Victoria Harrison, Greenbrae, Larkspur Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Christopher Hartzell, Larkspur, Member, previous Library Task Force and member, Lark Theater Board
Kathy Hartzell, Larkspur, Larkspur Community Foundation, former Mayor, former City Council member
Helyse Hollander, Larkspur, Friends of the Larkspur Library Board of Directors
Bill Howard, Larkspur, Former Mayor
Tamara S. Hull, CPA, Greenbrae, Rotary, Larkspur Measure C Oversight Committee member
Joe Jennings, Larkspur, LLCC Foundation Officer, LLCC Task Force Co-Chairperson
Marisa Jennings, Larkspur
Alice Kaufman, Larkspur, Friends of the Larkspur Library
Michael Koeppel, Larkspur, Larkspur Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Lorie Lerner, Larkspur, Former Larkspur Library Children’s Librarian, 24 year resident of Larkspur
Victoria Love, Larkspur, Pacific Union Real Estate
Joan Lundstrom, Larkspur, Former Larkspur Mayor
Tina MacArthur, Larkspur, Lark Theater Board Chairperson, Pacific Union Real Estate
Rick McDonough, Larkspur, Larkspur Residents since 1992
Sally McDonough, Larkspur, Larkspur Residents since 1992
Brian McLeran, Rotary Member
Michelle Melka McVeigh, Greenbrae, Larkspur Library Board Member
Amir Movafaghi, Larkspur
Angela Movafaghi, Larkspur
Dyan Pike, Greenbrae, Vice President of the Friends of Larkspur Library Board
Catherine Pyke, Larkspur, LLCC Task Force Member, Friends of Library
A.J. Rea, Larkspur, LLCC Task Force Member, Library Foundation Board Member
Andrew Revell, Larkspur, Vice Chairman, Library Board of Trustees
Rosine Reynolds, Larkspur
Jim Scheller, Larkspur, Friends of Library, Board Member
James Scholten, Corte Madera
Kate Scholten, Corte Madera
Jennifer Shambroom, Larkspur
Jonathan Shambroom, Larkspur
Suzanne Shelhart, Larkspur, Pacific Union Realty, 24 year Larkspur Resident
Beverly Shwert, Greenbrae
Steven M. Stein, Larkspur
Natalie Straub, Larkspur
Paul Straub, Larkspur, LLCC Task Force Member, Library Foundation Board Member
Lisbet Sunshine, Larkspur, LLCC Task Force Member, Larkspur Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Philip Terry, Larkspur, Library Foundation Board
John W. (Jack) Wilson
Ryan Wilson, Corte Madera
Ronald Wolf, Larkspur
Stephanie Wolf, Larkspur