At a recent RPL Board meeting it was stated that consultations on the future of Central Library building would start around June 25 or 26 and have various components over the next 3 or 4 months.
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But for now, Regina Public Library is just looking for an engineering review of the Lorne Street branch, the results of which will play a role in determining the building’s fate.
Jeff Barber, library director and CEO, said information on the public consultations will likely be released in the next couple of weeks.
First up, he said, the building has to be assessed. The library released a request for proposals (RFP) on Friday, asking a firm to “establish a minimum-cost baseline as (the library) reviews options to refurbish, renovate or replace the existing building.”
The contract will be awarded in July.
Despite the wording in the RFP, which certainly doesn’t rule out the possibility of a new library, Barber insisted “this isn’t about building a new building.
“We’re looking at this more of an update on the construction and status of the building,” he said.
“There has been a concern of the state of the building for quite some time.”
Barber named poor insulation and a roof and windows that need replacing as issues the branch needs to conquer.
A 2010 Regina Public Library report also listed off numerous criticisms of the central branch, from the size of the elevator to issues with the circulation desk, the ventilation and acoustics of the puppet theatre and the general layout and usage of the building.
That led to the development of grand plans for a new Cultural Centre Redevelopment Project, which would have housed a new Central Library branch, the Globe Theatre, restaurants, retail stores, a museum and a hotel. Although there were public consultations about the development, the Friends of the Library group criticized the project and accused the library board of a lack of transparency.
In the end the project was kiboshed after the Masons voted against selling their historic Masonic Temple, which is adjacent to the downtown library and was critical to the redevelopment plans.
Barber said the information from this new engineering review would “form part of the decision-making process for the board in the fall.”
The Regina Public Library budget goes before City Council on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm.
Friends of the Regina Public Library will be making a presentation based on this letter. FRPL to City re RPL budget 2014 – Feb 20 – final
Please attend the City Council meeting to show your support for Friends of the Regina Public Library and for our libraries.
The City Council meeting starts at 5:30. The Library budget is often one the first items discussed.
The draft Regina Public Library Budget has been put on the City of Regina website. It will be going to Executive Committee on Wednesday, January 15th at 11:45 am.
If you want to make a verbal presentation to Executive Committee, you just have to show up and fill in a form. You will have 10 minutes.
The recommendation is to have it forwarded to the February 24th, 5:30 pm City Council meeting. If you wish to make a presentation to City Council, you have to provide a written brief of your remarks to the City Clerk’s Office by Thursday, February 20th at 1 pm. You can email your request and brief to email@example.com
To see the draft budget go to www.regina.ca/residents/council-committees/meeting-calendar-agenda and then click on the Executive Committee on January 15th and then click on the agenda item EX14-1 on the right hand side and you will either directly see the budget or it will be downloaded to your computer.
Any thoughts on the budget can be sent to FRPL or to your City Councilor if you have concerns or questions. There is likely going to be a FRPL letter sent to City Council in February.
– the RPL survey questions
– the implications of the survey for library services
– the implications of the survey for library facilities
– the implications of the survey for Central Library
– the potential for upcoming release of designs and consultations
– what about people who can’t fill in an on-line survey & timing of the survey over summer
– actions to be taken
Tuesday August 13, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 – 13th Ave, Regina
The RPL Board’s survey is located at http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld
What’s in the Survey?
- RPL services and importance of services in all Branches
- Parking around Central Library – possibly leading to a costly underground parkade, and certain demolition of the current building
In an upgraded or new Central Library building, possible inclusion of:
- educational and cultural services
- access to public computers/technology
- meeting spaces, conference facilities
- museum, theatre, entertainment facilities
- coffee shop
- retail stores, grocery store
- offices and condos
When filling out the survey consider:
- services that are part of our library system that should be continued
- new services that would contribute to literacy of all kinds
- need to locate services in Central Library, requiring a much larger space
- much larger facility would likely lead to a presumed need for a public-private partnership to pay for costs
See the RPL survey at http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld
RPL Survey on until August 31, 2013
The online survey is intended to give input to the Regina Public Library Board about programs, services and facilities that Central Library and the Branches provide to their patrons. http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/
The Friends see Central Library as more than simply another branch but as an historic provider of the Children’s Branch, Dunlop Art Gallery, Film Theatre and Prairie History Room as part of the basics of the library system. For 51 years, these have been a valuable part of Regina’s libraries and need to be kept. An underground parkade, or other major additional demands will likely lead to demolishment of the current heritage modernist building.
The survey doesn’t ask about keeping the current building – put ideas on this and other topics in the last question. Please fill out the survey. Pass this on to your friends.
If you can’t do the survey on-line call the RPL (306) 777-6000 or the Friends (306) 535-9570.
The Regina Public Library has an on-line survey about library services and in particular about Central Library. This will be used in planning services and for the upgrade of the current Central Library Building / demolishment of the current building and construction of a new building. And for planning future library services. All who are interested in the library are strongly urged to fill in this questionnaire by the end of August. http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/
Perhaps copies could be printed and given to people who don’t have access to a computer.
Friends of the Regina Public Library
Presentation to the Regina Public Library Board, June 25, 2013
Friends of the Regina Public Library would like to bring forward some questions about the planning to upgrade Central Library.
1. When will the patron survey be occurring, what type of questions will it ask, how will it be conducted?
2. When will consultations be held on the Central Library? What kind of consultation process will the RPL be using? In addition to the on-line survey, will there be a single public meeting or a series of meetings? How will participants be able to share their views?
3. Will the RPL Board publicly confirm whether it is currently pursuing any options for renovating /adding on to the current library building?
4. Based on public interest that has been expressed, FRPL would like to repeat its request we would request that the architects prepare a design for renovation and expansion of the current Central Library building. From the Building Assessment report this is not only possible, but more cost-effective and would preserve the heritage of the current modernist building.
5. Is the Library Board thinking of submitting a new proposal to the P3 Canada Fund at any time? Would this be done for the June 30, 2013 deadline?
The survey done by FRPL found that there was some awareness about the plans at the time to demolish the Central Library building at Lorne and 12th Ave. and replace it with a multi-use facility containing private businesses in addition to a library. Almost 90 percent of respondents stated that they cared if the Central Library building was demolished. Ninety-nine percent said it was important to them that the Central Library building remains publicly owned. Ninety nine percent were concerned that they had not received details of plans to enter into a public private partnership. The majority of people (79%) were concerned with how the project would affect their taxes.
The Design Regina process has developed the following goals that would also support retaining the heritage of the modernist Central Library building.
Goal #1 – Conserving Heritage and Supporting Cultural Development
Conserve cultural heritage and support cultural development to enhance quality of life and strengthen community identity and cohesion.
8.1 Build partnerships and work collaboratively with community groups, other levels of government, and the private and voluntary sectors to encourage cultural development opportunities.
8.2 Collaborate with partners to encourage awareness and understanding of cultural resources and cultural heritage.
8.3 Identify, evaluate, conserve and enhance cultural heritage to improve quality of life and reinforce a sense of place.
8.4 Develop a framework of representative heritage themes that reflects our cultural identity and the diverse values of residents.
8.5 Ensure that the list of historic places recognized within the Heritage Property Register and Heritage Holding Bylaw adequately represents of the themes in the framework;
8.6 Require a cultural resource and heritage assessment to recognize historic places in new greenfield development and intensification at the City’s discretion;
8.7 Identify, and prioritize and develop locations that provide a sense of arrival and departure into significant cultural landscapes.
8.8 Refine the municipal financial incentive policies and programs to encourage the conservation of historic places.
Goal #4 – Culture and Heritage Planning
Ensure a practice of culture and heritage planning in the city.
8.15 Consider cultural resources and heritage implications in all areas of municipal planning and decision-making.
8.16 Protect, conserve and enhance historic places in accordance with the “Standards and Guidelines for Historic Places in Canada”.
This is an opportunity for the Regina Public library to make a name for itself in respecting heritage and culture to produce a design that would be well-supported in the community and we would hope that you are able to take advantage of this opportunity.
Thank you for the opportunity to make this presentation.
We would be pleased to engage in further discussion on these topics.
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