Waterwheel parking pushed aside for new library
A new library in Chemainus will go up next to the Waterwheel Park, despite opposition from some residents.
North Cowichan council approved the plan this week, choosing the Waterwheel parking lot over another proposed site across the street where the old fire hall is now.
After months of debate and discussion, Mayor Jon Lefebure said the decision from council was unanimous, but that construction of the building should be done strategically.
“We’re going to have to make sure that that design enables as much parking as possible.”
The president of the Chemainus Museum, Johanna Reymerink, said the new building will take away some parking, especially important for tourists in the summer.
“We’re going to lose a lot of parking, and you know, parking is golden, I think,” she said.
The Vancouver Island Regional Library is now in control of constructing and developing the new facility and Lefebure hopes construction will begin this year.
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