Today, over $5.9 million in funding for the revitalization and accessibility retrofit of the New Glasgow Library was announced by three levels of Government.
The updated facility will include indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, a commercial kitchen, a nursery area with indoor playground, private spaces for services like virtual healthcare and tutoring, community meeting space and a community café
The New Glasgow Library was built in 1964 and expanded in 1989 and 2009. It operates with aging equipment and heating systems. Some areas are unusable during the winter months. The project will update the heating and ventilation system, implement new features to ensure the facility is completely accessible and create new spaces for community activities.
“These improvements to the New Glasgow Library will increase its accessibility to Pictou County’s under-served populations, seniors, and individuals living with physical disabilities and mobility issues. As well, the revitalized building will help the community reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, while also providing cleaner indoor air for library users,” said the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Central Nova.
The project will update the heating and ventilation system, implement new features to ensure the facility is completely accessible and create new spaces for community activities.
“We’re creating an accessible and inclusive space for the New Glasgow community, to bring people together to access services they need and create connections. Community hubs like these play a vital role in building stronger, healthier communities, and we’re pleased to work with our partners to support the New Glasgow Destination Centre,” said the Honourable Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage.
“When people come together to learn, socialize, and make connections, amazing things happen. We move our region and its residents forward. The newly developed Community Destination Centre will foster that growth and development in the heart of our community in downtown New Glasgow. I can’t wait to see the amazing things that will come out of this space for generations to come,” said Her Worship Nancy Dicks, Mayor of the Town of New Glasgow.
“The New Glasgow Library is a second home to many citizens. To be able to update the library, make the spaces flexible for the entire community, including older adults, newcomers. and families, is a tremendous opportunity,” said Clyde Fraser, Councillor for the Town of New Glasgow and New Glasgow Library Board Representative.
The federal government is investing $3.9 million in the project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program, the Province is contributing $2 million, the Town of New Glasgow is providing $976,860 and the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library is contributing $20,000.