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Residents consulted about new Transcona Library

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Transcona readers young and old alike will soon have a new library to enjoy.

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Local residents had the chance to provide feedback about the new Transcona Library at an open house on March 11.

With a new 14,000-square-foot library slated to be part of the Park City Plaza development at the corner of the future Transcona Boulevard and Plessis Road, the City of Winnipeg held an open house at the Canad Inns Destination Centre Transcona. Transcona Library is currently located at 111 Victoria Ave. W.

Manager of library services Rick Walker explained the open house was the first step of public consultation as the city seeks to give locals the chance to have a say on what they’d like to see. He estimated between 75 and 100 people attended the open house.

"Our first step when we’re planning a new library is to meet with the community and try to get ideas from them of what sorts of features or amenities they would like to see," he said, noting topics like increased parking, study space, program space, and outdoor space were all ideas floated to residents.

Walker added among the items presented to residents were details of recent upgrades to the Fort Garry and Henderson branches.

Walker said plans to open the new library are still in the preliminary stages, so there isn’t a set timeline as to when construction is to begin, though there are hopes to begin the process later this year and open the new location in 2015. The city will send out a request for proposals soon, and once an architect is selected and renderings completed, a proposal will be revealed to area readers.

"We’re very excited, and we hope that at the end of the day, we can build a new library that will carry forward into the future for the residents of Transcona," Walker said.

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