Downtown residents might be seeing a brand new “Super Library” in their area soon!
The Ottawa Public Library announced their preferred site through a series of tweets yesterday:
To sum it up: the Ottawa Public Library is teaming up with Library and Archives Canada, to create a 4 story library. The project will cost a total of 168 MILLION dollars, but it will be the biggest and most innovative branch in the city. They want to build it right near Bronson, close to Lebreton flats, about a 4 minute walk from the new “Pimisi” LRT station.
Public opinion on recommendations to be collected through a survey in January to— OttPubLib/BibPubOtt (@opl_bpo) December 15, 2016
inform OPL Board and Council’s final decisions.
According to Joanne Laucius of the Ottawa Citizen, there are a number of reasons it was chosen as the spot; “It is near an escarpment, a unique geological feature, and it will have protected views to the north. As well, it has unobstructed views of the Ottawa River and it’s close to an aqueduct and a heritage pumping station.”
We’re apparently getting a lot for that 168 Million – Laucius continues by saying “The two institutions will share almost 40,000 square feet of space, including meeting rooms, a forum, exhibition space, a genealogy centre and a café.”
But, a lot of Ottawans are NOT HAPPY about this decision, including Councillor Catherine McKenney.
She was also quoted as saying “557 Wellington will be hard to reach, especially for those with disabilities. People who live downtown, especially those with low income, need easy access to a library, especially those who don’t have an Internet connection.”