Library Entrance Plan Will be Part of Budget Talks
Rendering of plan for entrance – image courtesy City of Prince George
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Public Library Bob Harkins Branch has had issues with its entrance since it was first built in 1981.
There have been numerous efforts to correct the failings, which include safety issues with an entrance that opens directly into the path of parking lot traffic and outside stairs that are often closed during the winter
The library is visited by more than 290 thousand people each year, and with that amount of traffic, a safe, accessible entrance is key.
Originally, the plan for a new entrance was estimated to cost nearly $4 million dollars. Last summer, a workshop was held in the City with support and user groups, and a new plan was developed. This one carries a price tag of just under $2.5 million.
But at this point, the project is on the “unfunded” list of capital projects.
Councillors support a new entrance and as Councillor Terri McConnachie noted, this is a City owned asset and it is not a ‘library project” and it has a lot of “buy in” from a lot of people.
The capital plan will be part of the budget deliberations, and Councillor Garth Frizzell wants to know if there are some other capital expenditures for the library such as new flooring, that could be removed in favour of this project.
The City has applied for funding under the Canada 150 funding but is awaiting word on whether or not that application has been approved.
Mayor Hall says the capital plan discussions are the appropriate time to discuss this project “I look forward to the conversation during budget. It’s been on the (capital) list, off the list, and I think we are in a much better position, and I think it’s going to be a lot of good discussion at budget time.”