Sooke library plan dusted off for another look

Proposed 10,000-square-foot facility in the works for several years

Discussions of a new Sooke library will return to the Vancouver Island Regional Library board this weekend in hopes the project will finally gain traction.

Both VIRL and Sooke council have been looking for a suitable location in Sooke to accommodate the proposed 10,000-square-foot facility for several years, but nothing happened.

It doesn’t mean it fell out of sight, either.

Last October, Capital Regional District approved $6 million in funding for the new library, the first major step forward in years.

Between VIRL, Sooke council and the CRD, now it comes down to making a final decision of where in Sooke the new library will land, said VIRL board chair Bruce Jollife, calling it a “three body problem.”

“We have it in our long-term planning to get a nice and refreshed library [in Sooke], but it’s only a matter of getting through some of these little details,” he said.

Jollife, who was appointed to the library board in 2009 by the Comox Valley Regional District, said a big part of that decision to find a place for the new library is contingent on what the Sooke community and council wants to do.

“The regional library will act accordingly once we know what they want to do.”

A final decision is not as straight forward as it would appear, however.

To date, there have been no successful applicants due to either high cost, space constraints or unsuitable location.

Last March, Sooke council nearly approved John Phillips Memorial Park as a final new library site, but the idea was rejected by the community and the project again hit a dusty shelf.

Council also insists on having the library in the town core, similarly to where the current library is located on Anna Marie Road.

As such, the project hasn’t lost priority, said Sooke acting mayor Kerrie Reay, who is also a VIRL board trustee.

“Of what was submitted, at the end of the day there still was no viable option, so we continue to explore for what kind of viable options are out there,” she said.

Reay pointed out that the library project is no different from any other matters that come before council, which is why a direction will eventually be taken. In this case, the project is expected to “evolve” as VIRL and council consider the options.

“We’ll see what works, what doesn’t, but at the end of the day Sooke will have a new library,” she said.

The new library is due to replace the current facility on Anna Marie Road.

Just Posted

OUR VIEW: Search and rescue organization needs to be examined

No organization should be immune to scrutiny

Snow storms prompt reminders to prepare for emergencies

Province reminds public of essential supplies

Emerging Sooke filmmaker takes spotlight with special award

Mary Galloway creates her own opportunities

Langford could soon be seeing its first retail cannabis store

Clarity Cannabis BC Ltd. gets province’s approval

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Liberals have had three veterans-affairs ministers — Kent Hehr, Seamus O’Regan and Wilson-Raybould

Most Read