OTTAWA — A new central library, a joint facility with Library and Archives Canada, was approved in principle by Ottawa council on Feb. 8.
The new Ottawa Central Library is to be built at 557 Wellington St., just west of Albert Street and Bronson Avenue, on a 3.56-acre city-owned site in the LeBreton Flats neighbourhood. The location was selected following an extensive process of project study, analysis and public consultation as well as expert evaluation of 12 possible sites.
The building will be 216,000 square feet and has an estimated $168 million total cost, excluding possible on-site parking, which is being studied. The facility will be built and operated in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, which will share space and costs with the city, states a City of Ottawa release.
City council also approved the functional design of the proposed Baseline Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor, an important piece of the city’s transportation master plan that will provide transit customers with an east-west commute that avoids downtown.
The corridor extends nearly 14 kilometres between Bayshore Station and Heron Station along Holly Acres Road, Richmond Road, Baseline Road and Heron Road.
According to the release, council approved a motion that will make one change to the project, adding the possibility of an additional transit station along Baseline at St. Helen’s Place, to make the service more accessible for residents living in the neighbourhood.