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Bill and Helen Norrie Library

Rendering of proposed Bill and Helen Norrie Library

About this project

A new library for the River Heights area was identified as a priority in the Grant Park Recreation Campus Plan and the Library Redevelopment Plan.

The new library will better meet the needs of the community with a fully accessible public space, more parking, proximity to public transportation, tutorial and programming rooms, improved study and leisure areas, and an outdoor reading and programming area.

The new library will be approximately 14,000 square feet. Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2019, with an anticipated completion date in late 2020.


Updates

May 2019

Thank you to over 70 residents who attended the Bill and Helen Norrie Library information session on May 1 and to over 140 participants who provided feedback through a survey. The feedback will be summarized and considered in developing the final design for the Bill and Helen Norrie Library.

April 2019

The proposed design for the Bill and Helen Norrie Library are now available. Provide your feedback online or attend the upcoming information session on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. More information is available on the Engage tab. Sign up for updates to receive emails at key project milestones.

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Engage

The proposed design is based on feedback received as part of the Grant Park Campus Plan & Feasibility study, developed in 2017.The feedback gathered during the planning process was used to develop a proposed design that meets the needs of the community.

Now that the proposed design is available, we asked for the community's feedback to ensure the library will meet their needs and serve as a valuable asset to the area. Thank you to those who provided feedback the survey (available online from April 17 to May 17, 2019) and attended the information session on May 1. A summary of feedback will be posted online and distributed to those who are on the subscription update list. Your feedback will be considered in refining the proposed design to develop the final design.

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Background

The River Heights library was built in 1961. The library is 8,285 sq. ft. In 2011, a structural issue was identified within the branch. Major work required includes structural deterioration issues, improving accessibility, lighting and flooring. The River Heights Library is a two floor library with the children's department in the basement and no elevator access.

The City's Library Redevelopment Strategy makes clear that the need for a modernized library to serve the River Heights/Grant Park neighbourhood is a priority.

The Grant Park Campus Plan & Feasibility study was completed in 2017. Through public engagement, data collection, and discussions with stakeholders, the Grant Park Recreation Campus Planning team determined that a new library on the Grant Park campus, located at the corner of Grant Avenue and Cambridge Street will better meet the needs of the community with a fully accessible public space, proximity to public transportation, more parking, tutorial and programming rooms, improved study and leisure areas, and an outdoor reading and programming area.

In 2018, the future library was named the Bill and Helen Norrie Library, after former Mayor Bill Norrie and teacher and librarian Helen Norrie.

In the 2018 capital budget, funding was included to design a new library with projected funding in 2019 to construct the library.

Documents

Related Documents by Date and Type

Document Name Date Type
Information session boards 2019-04-17 Storyboards
Proposed design 2019-04-17 Design
News release 2019-04-17 Communications
Poster 2019-04-17 Advertisement
Canstar ad 2019-04-17 Advertisement

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the City building a new library?

The City's Library Redevelopment Strategy makes clear that the need for a modernized library to serve the River Heights/Grant Park neighbourhood is a priority.


Why is the City replacing the River Heights Library?

The existing River Heights Library does not meet the accessibility and programming needs of the community and requires significant renewal and upgrades to comply with the Province's new Accessibility for Manitobans Act. The existing Library building's mechanical and electrical systems are at or near the end of their service lifespan and there are significant structural issues in the building envelope that must be addressed in the near future.

The Grant Park Campus Plan & Feasibility study included public consultation to determine community support for the development of a new, relocated River Heights Library on the campus site. The new Bill and Helen Norrie Library will better meet the needs of the community with fully accessible public space, more parking, tutorial and programming rooms, improved study and leisure areas, and an outdoor reading and programming area.


How much will the Bill and Helen Norrie Library cost?

The Class 3 Cost estimate for the new library is $6.25 million (-20% and +30%). The funding for the construction of the new library is included in the City's 2019 project capital budget.


Where will the Bill and Helen Norrie Library be located?

The library will be located at the corner of Grant Avenue and Cambridge Street on the Grant Park campus.


Why did the City choose this location for the library?

This location was selected to fit with the surrounding neighbourhood and services and serve the greatest number of residents in a convenient location.


How is Rooster Town and the history of this land going to be recognized as part of this project?

The City has been consulting with Rooster Town families to determine how best to move forward with the Grant Park Recreation space in a way that respects and honours the history of this place and those who lived in Rooster Town.

Recognition of the history of the site will be recognized through:

  • Display of recorded images of photos of Rooster Town
  • Collection of artifacts and books
  • Listening station of interviews and recordings from Rooster Town
  • Saskatoon berry fabric patterns and lighting features
  • Steel and wood materials to reflect Rooster Town home building
  • Aerial images of Rooster Town near entry
  • Concrete seating feature at corner of Grant Avenue and Cambridge Street in Michif language welcoming visitors

Please note: Rooster Town families are involved in this process and the design elements of Rooster Town recognition may change following input from Rooster Town families.


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When will the new library be open?

Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2019, with an anticipated completion date in late 2020.


Maps

Map of library - from consultant

Map of floor plan - from consultant

Related Links

Grant Park Recreation Campus Plan.

For information on the Library Redevelopment Strategy, please see Library Redevelopment Strategy


Last update: April 17, 2019