Port Moody Library hopes to reno for more space

The Port Moody Library board hopes to reconfigure its existing space to get more elbow room. - FILE PHOTO
The Port Moody Library board hopes to reconfigure its existing space to get more elbow room.
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Port Moody Public Library plans to rejig its existing space to meet immediate needs while also putting together plans to expand in five to seven years.

"Space is an issue for the library today and we anticipate it will be even more of an issue as time goes on," Linda Martin, chair of the PoMo library board, said as she presented the results of a space needs analysis at a city committee of the whole meeting Tuesday.

Following the results of the library's community needs assessment, the board and city staff have been working with Kasian Architecture on the space needs analysis for both short-term needs over the next year as well as mid-term needs in five to seven years.

Martin said the short-term plans are to reconfigure the library's space within the existing footprint.

"We feel there are things we can do within the existing space that we have that will alleviate some of the critical need for re-organization," she said, adding the board has asked Kasian for several options for expansion in the future.

The board expects to update council on those plans in the fall, along with a capital budget request to renovate in 2015. The budget request for expansion will likely come sometime between 2016 and 2018.


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