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Westwood Library to move

New location not yet decided

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If you’ve got boxes that are good for storing books, hold onto them — a local library is going to need plenty in a couple of years.

The Westwood Library, currently at 66 Allard Ave., is slated to be relocated to a new location in 2017. The location for the library has not yet been decided.

The 2014 capital budget has allocated $100,000 for the planning and consultation process.

"We’re now actively in the process of identifying what the needs and potential location could be for a replacement library," Coun. Grant Nordman said.

Nordman said he is looking for a building with about 13,000 square feet of space at ground entry level that allows for meeting rooms and computers.

Nordman said the relocation could be beneficial because accessing the current library can be troublesome for many people.

"It’s not terribly pedestrian-friendly. It’s not accessible by transit. I would suggest we’d have it moved to Portage Avenue," Nordman said. "I would like to see it on Portage Avenue, close to transit routes, with lots of parking available."

Nordman’s other concerns about the facility include infrastructure. On his website (http://grantnordman.com), he states the current 7,000-square-foot library is close to 50 years old, nearing the end of its structural life.

"Besides its age, the needs of the Westwood Library have grown beyond what can be provided," Nordman states on the site.


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