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General News · 3rd December 2010
John Sprungman
In September the Southern Cortes Community Association received the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s facility assessment of the space VIRL currently rents in Manson’s Hall for the Cortes library branch. Due primarily to floor load requirements and ceiling height, the existing space was considered inadequate. VIRL and the SCCA agreed that it is not practical to upgrade it to the desired standards.
In early October, VIRL advertised for Expressions of Interest in providing rentable space for the library on Cortes. By the October 30 deadline, the SCCA board, on the recommendation of its library committee, submitted an EOI proposing a site in the cleared area on the west side of the Manson’s Hall parking lot. As SCCA Vice President, I was designated as the contact person.
Before the EOI was submitted, I emailed Adrian Maas, VIRL’s Director of Finance, asking what size building they would like to have on Cortes. He replied, “It is not really possible to say at this juncture what the desired size should or could be for Cortes. The new standard is .60 per capita with a target of 2,750 sq. ft., adjusted to meet community needs. The growth on Cortes being limited would seem to indicate the branch size may also therefor be limited. Once we have responses to the expressions of interest then we will be in a better position to further develop the scenario.”
The present library space is 665 sq. ft. for a population of 1,076, according to VIRL.
This week I enquired about VIRL’s timeline. He wrote, “We are working on a report for our executive committee meeting in January so that they could possibly make a recommendation to the board in February. If they are able to reach a decision on a course of action, we will advise after that.”