City officials met privately for more than an hour Monday in an effort to break a deadlock over the design of the east wing of the proposed $152.4-million restoration and expansion of the downtown Central Library.
Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky said that the noon meeting included several council members, members of the city's Cultural Affairs Commission and the head of the Community Redevelopment Agency. A second meeting will be held next week so that architects may critique two competing designs for the library's atrium, a glassed-in shaft providing natural light for all levels of the new building.
The Cultural Affairs Commission, which has ultimate say in the matter, favors a flat atrium as a focal point of the library expansion. The City Council last week endorsed a peaked atrium.
The dispute over the design, if unresolved, could cost $500,000 a month due to rising construction costs, city officials have estimated.