–by Thomas Kowalchuk
I would like to propose that the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) and Sooke Council consider the location at the Evergreen Shopping Centre, 6660 Sooke Road, as a location for the new Sooke Library.
I have attached an image (below) with the logistics of the Shopping Centre which also includes the site plan for the Center. The part of the Evergreen Shopping Centre that I am suggesting is the area where the Royal Bank burnt down in July, 2013 adjacent to Sooke Road and is shown as “Developing Pad Opportunity.”
The site plan shows that the “Shovel Ready” area should fit the needs not only of the VIRL but also the growing population of Sooke. It is located in the center of town with abundant parking and ease of access for Library patrons. With the right design a new Library built here would be one of the crowning jewels of Sooke.
I understand that the VIRL does not necessary wish to lease property to obtain their objectives. I would suggest that Sooke Council negotiate for the above parcel of land with the thought of it been donated to the District of Sooke in exchange for various tax benefits over the coming years.
Hopefully, the VIRL and Sooke Council will not make any decision concerning the location for a new Library this week but take the additional time to look at this proposal. Deferring a decision for an extra week or two may end in a Win-Win solution for one and all.