Please be advised that the Lorne Park Branch Library information on the web site is not out of date as it has always been the City’s intention to have what we call a “soft opening” of the branch on March 14th and at this point this remains our intention. What we are expecting to see by that date is a library that is functional with books on the shelves and computers on the desks so that users can access those resources as soon as possible. Some elements of the building that are not essential to basic library service (eg. staff areas, meeting room, exterior finishing and landscaping) may not be completed and ready for use but this should not impact the ability to enjoy the library for the most part. This is what took place at the recently re-opened Lakeview Library without incident. Those parts that are not finished by the 14th will be completed in time for the grand opening of the library scheduled for May 7th.
The City obtained approval of the Fire and Building departments for partial occupancy last week. This allowed the installation of shelving and the books are in the process of being stocked at this moment. The contractor has committed to working overtime and on weekends to deliver the critical components necessary for public use of the building and we have been on site monitoring progress on a daily basis. Based on the activity levels and number of workers in the building as well as the progress that is made every day, we believe that the goal of opening on the 14th remains achievable.
Having said that, should any unexpected problems arise that impact the schedule, we are aware of the need to alert the public to any change in planned opening date. We have set Monday March 7, after a weekend of activity, as our ‘drop dead’ date to determine whether to delay the opening or not.
I am sure that when you see the new branch you will be very impressed and agree that the improvements have been worth the wait. We continue to take every step available to us to ensure the earliest possible return to service of this valued asset to the community.
Councillor Ward 2
City of Mississauga
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