Staff from the Fraser Valley Regional Library explain preliminary design plans for a new south side library to residents at an open house hosted by the City of Chilliwack Wednesday evening at Twin Rinks.

Plans unveiled for south side library

Preliminary design plans for a new library on the south side of Chilliwack were released by the City of Chilliwack Thursday.

Preliminary design plans for a new library on the south side of Chilliwack were released by the City of Chilliwack Thursday.

The plans, which were on display at an open house at Twin Rinks Wednesday evening, call for a 9,700-square-foot facility, that will feature plenty of windows, reading areas for teens, adults and children, as well as a multi-purpose meeting area.

The entrance would be on the south side of the building, with windows facing north. Some green space would be lost to parking, but efforts would be made to preserve as many of the trees now on the property as possible.

Construction would mean a relocation of the skate park, and the existing playground would be redesigned.

Residents were asked at Wednesday’s open house for their input on the proposal. They were also asked which of two design concepts they preferred.

That information is now being compiled and will be presented to council at its July 19 meeting.

It is expected that an application to rezone the property will be introduced at that meeting. A public hearing for the rezoning application is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 16.

To view the city’s plans, click here.

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