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Library Redevelopment Strategy targets eight libraries for replacement
Released: 1:31 p.m.
WINNIPEG, MB - July 3, 2012 - The City of Winnipeg Public Service is recommending that eight Winnipeg Public Library facilities be replaced beginning in 2013, with seven new facilities. The recommendation was made under the Library Facility Redevelopment Strategy report released today.
Library facilities that the report identifies as needing replacement include: Charleswood, St. Vital, Windsor Park, Transcona, River Heights, Westwood, St. James, and West Kildonan.
"Libraries are a tremendous asset in our communities. In addition to being places of learning and research, they are gathering places, where everyone is welcome and there is no cost to participate," said Mayor Sam Katz. "At the City of Winnipeg, we believe that's something to protect and treasure. This report calls for the replacement of some of our older, cramped library facilities with modern, accessible buildings that can easily accommodate community activities and programming."
Of the eight branches identified in the report as needing replacement, all are approaching 50 years or older, require renovation and maintenance, and have significant accessibility and functional layout issues. The eight locations also lack many of the amenities that modern public libraries provide their customers.
If approved, the first steps in the redevelopment process would see the Charleswood, St. Vital and Windsor Park Libraries replaced starting in 2013 at an approximate cost of $6,776,000. Funding for these library replacements is in the current capital budget.
The report being released today outlines a strategy for Council's consideration as part of the capital budget process with an estimated cost of just under $21 million. Each new facility would be strategically located for maximum visibility, be universally accessible to meet the needs of all citizens, support the City's Green Building Policy and be aesthetically attractive buildings that are key destinations points in the community
Proposed dates for the replacement of the facilities are as follows:
St. Vital / Windsor Park (amalgamation of existing facilities) (2013)
River Heights (2015)
St. James - Assiniboia (2018)
West Kildonan (2020)
The Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services will consider the report on July 5, 2012.
Osborne Village honoured by Canadian Institute of Planners as Canada's Great Neighbourhood for 2012
Permanent award plaque to be displayed in the community
Released: 3:46 p.m.
WINNIPEG, MB - July 3, 2012 - A presentation ceremony was held today to honour Osborne Village as Canada's Great Neighbourhood for 2012. The Canada's Great Neighbourhood title is awarded each year as part of the Canadian Institute of Planners' (CIP) Great Places Canada contest and the winning neighbourhood is selected by a CIP panel.
"Osborne Village is most deserving of Canada's Great Neighbourhood title," said Mayor Sam Katz. "Osborne Village is an example of a neighbourhood that works, as one of Canada's most densely-populated areas, with an eclectic mix of people and businesses, and a clear identity. This national recognition is truly worth celebrating."
The award plaque was presented by CIP Manitoba representative, Donovan Toews, and accepted by Jenny Gerbasi, City of Winnipeg Councillor for Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry.
"We are thrilled that Osborne Village has been nationally recognized as Canada's Great Neighbourhood," said Councillor Gerbasi. "This Great Places Canada award will let people from across the globe know what Winnipeggers have always known that Osborne Village is a place you just have to visit. With eclectic eateries, funky shops, a vibrant arts scene, and strong sense of community spirit, there is something for everyone in Osborne Village."
Osborne Village was one of 22 entries for the Canada's Great Neighborhood category in this year's Great Places Canada contest.
"There are so many Great Places in Canada! High quality entries came from big cities, small towns and all spaces in between. Urban, rural, commercial, residential, green space, historic, modern - there was a bit of everything," said Jill Collinson, a Masters student at the University of Manitoba with a focus in researching rural regional growth management and a CIP selection panel member.
A permanent Osborne Village location for the plaque to be displayed will be determined in the near future.
For more information on the Canadian Institute of Planners' Great Places Canada contest, visit: http://www.cip-icu.ca/