On Tuesday September 27th the RPL Board voted to demolish Central Library building and build a completely new building on the same site. However, the recommendations of the City’s Catalyst Committee, heritage designations and public views can still have a major influence on the next steps for Central Library.
On the 27th, after hearing presentations from members of the public asking for a delay in the vote to give people more time to review the reports related to the future of the Central Library building, the Board still went ahead and voted in favour of a tear down and construction of a new building.
The Motions: Three motions were passed by the RPL Board on Sept. 27. Six Board members voted in favour (See list of Board members https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/leadership ) Mayor Masters and Councillor Findura voted against all the motions. Final votes were 6 to 2 on the motions.
That the Regina Public Library Board concur in the Central Library Renewal Needs Assessment and Project Plan conclusion that “A New Build option is the preferred approach to meet project outcomes and balance functional needs with value for money” and, further, that the preferred location for a New Build is the historic location on the Library’s property at 12th Avenue and Lorne Street.
Second motion, notes from a recording of the meeting. “… that the determination of next steps be referred to the strategic plan committee” (The proper name of the RPL Committee is the Strategic Planning Committee. https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/leadership/board-committees
Third motion: For the Board to “… receive and file the Central Library Renewal Needs Assessment and Project Plan, the Stakeholder Engagement Summary and the Polling Report.”
What’s involved with a New Build
With the New Build, something has to be done with the “old” building. The Board voted to build again on the same site, so the site would not be sold.
Description from page 57 of the Needs Assessment and Project Planning report:
Option 6 : Design & Construct New (“New Build”)
Design and construct a purpose built space in downtown Regina to meet the functional and operational requirements of the Central Library
Disposal of the current facility and, if required, site
Selection of appropriate site to meet Central Library requirements