Construction on new Sooke library could begin by 2018

Vancouver Island Regional Library executive to mull over plan next month

Sooke’s proposed new library could see the shovel to the dirt as early as 2018.

That is if the three governing bodies – the District of Sooke, CRD and Vancouver Island Regional Library board – get their ducks in order and find suitable location within the next couple of months, said Sooke Coun. Kerrie Reay, a library trustee.

During the library’s annual general meeting last weekend, Reay was appointed as director to the executive committee board. She hopes the new position will help continue getting better traction for the library’s completion.

“I hope to see things pick up over the next couple of months and have it as a priority to keep at it until we find a location. The library is still front and centre. We’re not dusting anything off,” she said.

Discussions centering on the new library are expected to return to the executive committee next month.

At that point, Reay hopes the three big players will establish more solid ground in terms of making a final decision.

“Realistically speaking, if we get our ducks here in order in the next couple of months, the earliest we could see a shovel to the dirt would be 2018,” Reay said, adding this is why there is such an urgency to find a suitable piece of property.

Even if the property is found, however, a long process still awaits before a building materializes. For one, an architect and designer is needed to mold it into shape based on standards set by the District of Sooke and VIRL.

The proposed $6-million,10,000-square-foot facility is due to replace the current Sooke library, which is outdated and over capacity.