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The proposed $6-million,10,000-square-foot facility is due to replace the current Sooke library, which is outdated and over capacity.

Just Posted

Sooke’s First Nations have Iroquois links

References to the proud Iroquois race tend to make one think of… Continue reading

Penelakut filmmaker Steve Sxwithul’txw finds success in film and TV

Cop-turned-storyteller reaches back to his past for Tribal Police Files

Choir offers a capella take on Beatles hits

Soundings will perform concerts in Oak Bay and Sidney May 24 and 25

B.C. getting less bang for its buck

B.C.’s CPI topped 2.7 per cent in April 2019, compared to two per cent for all of Canada

Walkers across B.C. raise $1M to support those facing Alzheimer’s

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s returns on May 3, 2020

Kelowna RCMP interrogation video brings home reality in ‘visceral way’: former TRC chairman

Video of Mountie interrogating young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse under fire

Update: Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Vancouver Island MusicFest: ‘House bands’ from the golden age of rock and R&B

Some of America’s greatest session musicians are coming to the Comox Valley this summer

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

Bucks hammer Raptors 125-103 to take 2-0 playoff series lead

Toronto heads home in a hole after second loss to Milwaukee

Most Read