Stoney Creek's library project has a $1-million deficit

News Jan 23, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Stoney Creek’s Valley Park library has a $1-million capital shortfall, but that isn’t stopping construction of the facility starting this year.

Paul Takala, Hamilton Library’s chief executive officer, told Hamilton’s budget committee Jan. 23 the estimated $9.5-million redevelopment of the Valley Park Library and recreation centre is scheduled to be tendered early this year, with construction set to begin soon after.

Work is slated to take 18 months and be completed in 2021.

A ceremonial groundbreaking event already took place last November.

Takala said there are “modest” budget deficits for both the proposed new Greensville library and Valley Park’s upgrade. The Valley Park deficit is about $1 million, while the Greensville project has about a $600,000 deficit. The Greensville library project, to be located in a new elementary school, is expected to move ahead some time in 2020.

He said the library board has set aside reserve funding to address both deficits. But Takala said the board and city officials will “work” with council to determine alternative sources of funding.

The library was already contributing about $965,000, with the city chipping in about $500,000. The Heritage Green Community Trust is providing $1.25 million, which will go toward two multi-purpose rooms of at least 1,500 square feet. The rest of the cost was expected to be covered by development charges.

“The $1.25 million from the Heritage Green Community Trust really allowed the scope of the project to be expanded,” said Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark, who represents the area.

The Valley Park library branch will see an extra 3,000 square feet added to about 12,800 square feet. The renovated facility will include quiet rooms, makerspace areas and window-side seats looking on to Marston Street.

There will also be a glass-encased courtyard with trees, plants and seating rocks.

Other amenities will include a children’s area, collaborative space, multi-purpose rooms that can be used with the Valley Park Recreation Centre -- when about $2 million of renovations are completed on that facility -- washrooms and a general collection area.

The renovated library, designed by mcCallumSather Architects, will have LEED Gold targets, with high-performance windows and building envelop, rooftop solar panels, high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems and LED lighting.

The library will be closed during construction, so a temporary location will be operating at 1050 Paramount Dr.  There will also be a material drop box and the library’s popular Bookmobile will be offered to residents.

Stoney Creek's Valley Park library renovation project has $1-million deficit

News Jan 23, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Stoney Creek’s Valley Park library has a $1-million capital shortfall, but that isn’t stopping construction of the facility starting this year.

Paul Takala, Hamilton Library’s chief executive officer, told Hamilton’s budget committee Jan. 23 the estimated $9.5-million redevelopment of the Valley Park Library and recreation centre is scheduled to be tendered early this year, with construction set to begin soon after.

Work is slated to take 18 months and be completed in 2021.

A ceremonial groundbreaking event already took place last November.

Takala said there are “modest” budget deficits for both the proposed new Greensville library and Valley Park’s upgrade. The Valley Park deficit is about $1 million, while the Greensville project has about a $600,000 deficit. The Greensville library project, to be located in a new elementary school, is expected to move ahead some time in 2020.

He said the library board has set aside reserve funding to address both deficits. But Takala said the board and city officials will “work” with council to determine alternative sources of funding.

The library was already contributing about $965,000, with the city chipping in about $500,000. The Heritage Green Community Trust is providing $1.25 million, which will go toward two multi-purpose rooms of at least 1,500 square feet. The rest of the cost was expected to be covered by development charges.

“The $1.25 million from the Heritage Green Community Trust really allowed the scope of the project to be expanded,” said Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark, who represents the area.

The Valley Park library branch will see an extra 3,000 square feet added to about 12,800 square feet. The renovated facility will include quiet rooms, makerspace areas and window-side seats looking on to Marston Street.

There will also be a glass-encased courtyard with trees, plants and seating rocks.

Other amenities will include a children’s area, collaborative space, multi-purpose rooms that can be used with the Valley Park Recreation Centre -- when about $2 million of renovations are completed on that facility -- washrooms and a general collection area.

The renovated library, designed by mcCallumSather Architects, will have LEED Gold targets, with high-performance windows and building envelop, rooftop solar panels, high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems and LED lighting.

The library will be closed during construction, so a temporary location will be operating at 1050 Paramount Dr.  There will also be a material drop box and the library’s popular Bookmobile will be offered to residents.

Stoney Creek's Valley Park library renovation project has $1-million deficit

News Jan 23, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Stoney Creek’s Valley Park library has a $1-million capital shortfall, but that isn’t stopping construction of the facility starting this year.

Paul Takala, Hamilton Library’s chief executive officer, told Hamilton’s budget committee Jan. 23 the estimated $9.5-million redevelopment of the Valley Park Library and recreation centre is scheduled to be tendered early this year, with construction set to begin soon after.

Work is slated to take 18 months and be completed in 2021.

A ceremonial groundbreaking event already took place last November.

Takala said there are “modest” budget deficits for both the proposed new Greensville library and Valley Park’s upgrade. The Valley Park deficit is about $1 million, while the Greensville project has about a $600,000 deficit. The Greensville library project, to be located in a new elementary school, is expected to move ahead some time in 2020.

He said the library board has set aside reserve funding to address both deficits. But Takala said the board and city officials will “work” with council to determine alternative sources of funding.

The library was already contributing about $965,000, with the city chipping in about $500,000. The Heritage Green Community Trust is providing $1.25 million, which will go toward two multi-purpose rooms of at least 1,500 square feet. The rest of the cost was expected to be covered by development charges.

“The $1.25 million from the Heritage Green Community Trust really allowed the scope of the project to be expanded,” said Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark, who represents the area.

The Valley Park library branch will see an extra 3,000 square feet added to about 12,800 square feet. The renovated facility will include quiet rooms, makerspace areas and window-side seats looking on to Marston Street.

There will also be a glass-encased courtyard with trees, plants and seating rocks.

Other amenities will include a children’s area, collaborative space, multi-purpose rooms that can be used with the Valley Park Recreation Centre -- when about $2 million of renovations are completed on that facility -- washrooms and a general collection area.

The renovated library, designed by mcCallumSather Architects, will have LEED Gold targets, with high-performance windows and building envelop, rooftop solar panels, high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems and LED lighting.

The library will be closed during construction, so a temporary location will be operating at 1050 Paramount Dr.  There will also be a material drop box and the library’s popular Bookmobile will be offered to residents.