LOOKING AT DESIGN OPTIONS FOR CENTRAL LIBRARY
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24, 1-5 pm
CATHEDRAL NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE, 2900 13TH AVENUE
Formal consultations and an on-line survey about new library designs are expected in March. Let’s be knowledgeable and prepared for these consultations.
The RPL Board has at last released information that it is using in planning changes to Central Library. http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/ So far this includes: the assessment of the Central Branch Building, previously recommended designs (before they didn’t know they couldn’t purchase the Masonic Temple property), and the application to the P3 Canada fund. Still to be posted is the functional analysis document outlining the space needs for the library. Please take a look at these documents.
The RPL Board is currently developing a new design to be released at public consultations in March. It will likely contain many of the elements in the previously-released design – minus the use of the Masonic Temple property. While the architectural reports seem to say it is possible, so far the Library Board does not seem to have any commitment to retaining the current modernist Central Library building. However, feedback that FRPL has received indicates that adaptive reuse is the preferred public option, so it is hoped that adaptive reuse will be one of the choices presented in March.
To bring forward ideas about what can be done with the building, please attend the February 24 meeting. The meeting will include a presentation about what is in the documents and a chance to discuss what the possibilities are for the building.
If you may be interested in attending this gathering, please let us know (although an RSVP is not required for attending.) If you would like to learn more but aren’t able to attend on that day, also let us know.