Sooke library project delayed

Sooke remains the No. 1 priority for construction, says VIRL

The Vancouver Island Regional Library’s ambitious $6-million plan to build a new library in Sooke has been delayed due to health and safety issues at other Island branches.

Library renovation projects at the Sayward, Tahsis and Port McNeill branches centering around asbestos exposure has brought all other projects to a stop.

“We are obliged to address these issues immediately,” said Rosemary Bonanno, VIRL’s executive director.

“While we are limited by human capacity, staff are striving to balance and respond to the pent-up demand of VIRL’s various facilities needs. Sooke remains the top priority in the [consolidated facilities master plan] and we are committed to building a state-of-the-art facility for Sooke as quickly and as efficiently as possible.”

In March, VIRL announced plans to build a new 10,000 square-foot library in Sooke at 671 Wadams Way. The library was scheduled to be completed by December 2018.

RELATED: Library location finalized

Sooke residents will not go without library services, said Sooke Coun. Kerrie Reay, a member of the library board.

VIRL has negotiated an extension to the lease of the current Sooke branch on Anna Marie Road that continues through December 2019. Library staff are also working with the architects on various aspects of the project, including adjacencies and the building program.

VIRL goal is to have shovels in the ground by mid-2018. The new library would open in approximately a year’s time – tentatively, the spring of 2019.

The work stoppage doesn’t just affect Sooke, but any new builds and renovations within the library system. New libraries are also planned for Chemainus and North Saanich.

“It’s very disappointing,” Reay said.

“If another building is found with asbestos, Sooke could be delayed again.”

But at last week’s library meeting in Nanaimo, Reay suggested the library board hire an additional person to help with speeding the process along.

“The rest of VIRL can’t come to a standstill while you remediate these buildings from exposure to asbestos. The business has to continue,” she said.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

High construction costs send Douglas bus lane project $2.2 million higher

But re-tendered bid process by Victoria secures lower bid for Hillside-to-Tolmie stretch

Artwork inspires Glenlyon Norfolk student

A teen party turned philanthropic in the wake of an Artemis Place… Continue reading

Central Saanich veteran receives Legion of Honour from France

Kenneth Brind flew 30 bombing missions over France during the Second World War

Victoria hopes to have a fully electric bus fleet by 2030

Business plan to be created, region to request its use as a pilot community for project

Sooke rescinds bench letters, offers apology

District sent out letters asking $2000 for maintenance from those who purchased memorial benches

VIDEO: Oak Bay senior boys basketball takes Tsumura title

Junior and senior teams host Gary Taylor Classic starting Thursday

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers naughty list for the week of Dec. 12

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Truck driver volunteers to take dog lost in B.C. back home to Alberta

Frankie, a pit bull service dog, was found wandering in the Lower Mainland

Ladysmith woman who jumped from ferry meets rescuers

A local artist who survived five hours in the frigid waters of… Continue reading

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Tequila, hammers and knives: what not to bring on an airplane

Vancouver International Airport staff provide tips on travelling during the holidays

Most Read