Cootes Drive site identified for temporary Dundas library

News Mar 24, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

An empty storefront at 55 Cootes Dr. has been selected as a temporary Dundas library branch.

Hamilton Public Library staff  applied for a minor variance to permit library use within the existing zoning until renovations at the permanent branch at 18 Ogilvie St. are completed.

A hearing for the application is scheduled for April 7 at the City of Hamilton’s committee of adjustment.

“There were not a lot of options available that met our requirements and we will be very pleased to relocate to this site,” said Karen Anderson, HPL director of public service.  “The site has some great features  – it’s easy to get to,  has pretty good parking, is adjacent to a lovely park and new trails and has good visibility from the street.”

Anderson said the location will provide basic services. Staff will be on-site to provide assistance. Users can pick up holds, browse a reduced collection, return items and access a limited number of public computers.

She said there will also be a room so programs for all ages can be offered.

The empty storefront, next to a Beer Store location, has previously been a liquor store and a Curves gym. There is a proposal by the property owner for an eventual residential redevelopment of the entire property.

The $1.9-million renovation of the Ogilvie Street library branch is expected to begin by June and take at least 200 days.

Part of the plan includes removing all staff parking from an alley on the building’s south side to expand and improve a barrier-free entrance and create an outdoor patio reading area.

The plan also includes consolidating staff spaces that are currently spread apart throughout the split-level building. More space will be dedicated for public use.

Providing a temporary branch is not standard practice for Hamilton Public Library when it closes a branch for renovation.

Staff said last year they realize an acceptable level of service for Dundas library users would not exist without a local location.

Cootes Drive site identified for temporary Dundas library

Empty storefront next to beer store east of Centennial Park

News Mar 24, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

An empty storefront at 55 Cootes Dr. has been selected as a temporary Dundas library branch.

Hamilton Public Library staff  applied for a minor variance to permit library use within the existing zoning until renovations at the permanent branch at 18 Ogilvie St. are completed.

A hearing for the application is scheduled for April 7 at the City of Hamilton’s committee of adjustment.

“There were not a lot of options available that met our requirements and we will be very pleased to relocate to this site,” said Karen Anderson, HPL director of public service.  “The site has some great features  – it’s easy to get to,  has pretty good parking, is adjacent to a lovely park and new trails and has good visibility from the street.”

Anderson said the location will provide basic services. Staff will be on-site to provide assistance. Users can pick up holds, browse a reduced collection, return items and access a limited number of public computers.

She said there will also be a room so programs for all ages can be offered.

The empty storefront, next to a Beer Store location, has previously been a liquor store and a Curves gym. There is a proposal by the property owner for an eventual residential redevelopment of the entire property.

The $1.9-million renovation of the Ogilvie Street library branch is expected to begin by June and take at least 200 days.

Part of the plan includes removing all staff parking from an alley on the building’s south side to expand and improve a barrier-free entrance and create an outdoor patio reading area.

The plan also includes consolidating staff spaces that are currently spread apart throughout the split-level building. More space will be dedicated for public use.

Providing a temporary branch is not standard practice for Hamilton Public Library when it closes a branch for renovation.

Staff said last year they realize an acceptable level of service for Dundas library users would not exist without a local location.

Cootes Drive site identified for temporary Dundas library

Empty storefront next to beer store east of Centennial Park

News Mar 24, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

An empty storefront at 55 Cootes Dr. has been selected as a temporary Dundas library branch.

Hamilton Public Library staff  applied for a minor variance to permit library use within the existing zoning until renovations at the permanent branch at 18 Ogilvie St. are completed.

A hearing for the application is scheduled for April 7 at the City of Hamilton’s committee of adjustment.

“There were not a lot of options available that met our requirements and we will be very pleased to relocate to this site,” said Karen Anderson, HPL director of public service.  “The site has some great features  – it’s easy to get to,  has pretty good parking, is adjacent to a lovely park and new trails and has good visibility from the street.”

Anderson said the location will provide basic services. Staff will be on-site to provide assistance. Users can pick up holds, browse a reduced collection, return items and access a limited number of public computers.

She said there will also be a room so programs for all ages can be offered.

The empty storefront, next to a Beer Store location, has previously been a liquor store and a Curves gym. There is a proposal by the property owner for an eventual residential redevelopment of the entire property.

The $1.9-million renovation of the Ogilvie Street library branch is expected to begin by June and take at least 200 days.

Part of the plan includes removing all staff parking from an alley on the building’s south side to expand and improve a barrier-free entrance and create an outdoor patio reading area.

The plan also includes consolidating staff spaces that are currently spread apart throughout the split-level building. More space will be dedicated for public use.

Providing a temporary branch is not standard practice for Hamilton Public Library when it closes a branch for renovation.

Staff said last year they realize an acceptable level of service for Dundas library users would not exist without a local location.