It seems like a long time ago since details of the new Chemainus Library project were unveiled in January. It’ll still be another few months before construction begins.  (Photo by Don Bodger)

It seems like a long time ago since details of the new Chemainus Library project were unveiled in January. It’ll still be another few months before construction begins. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New Chemainus library slow to get off the ground

Building permit finally approved and it’s on to selecting a contractor

The site of the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s new Chemainus branch on Willow Street remains empty and idle for now, but progress is finally being made behind the scenes that should result in some construction action before the end of the year.

People have been wondering about the delays in getting construction started on the downtown Chemainus project. The VIRL wants to assure everyone the physical work on the building will begin happening before long.

“The building permit has been approved by the municipality, and we can now go to market to secure a contractor for the project,” noted David Carson, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives director for the VIRL.

“We anticipate shovels in the ground by late fall with the branch opening approximately a year later. The revised construction timeline is the result of the planning process taking longer than anticipated. We’re excited to be moving forward with this state-of-the-art new branch for Chemainus.”

More on the project’s timeline will be published as details become available.