RPL Feasibility Study Released

Starting later today the weather for the next few days is supposed to take a turn for the worse. If you’re looking for something to do while huddled indoors, the RPL administration has released the feasibility study that it commissioned a few years ago into the idea of either expanding or replacing Central Library via a P3 process that would see private sector partners involved in some capacity related to possible commercial and residential development as part of a new library complex.

That’s the concept drawing pictured above. If it looks familiar, it’s because it’s the same design that was inadvertently leaked awhile back and which RPL administration subsequently tried to downplay the significance of as only being one option.

The study, which is 51 pages long and can be accessed here, was posted with the proviso:

The information in this section focused on the possible opportunity to purchase more land for redevelopment. That possibility has passed and the RPL Board continues to examine other options. Various components of this study were dynamic and can be adjusted and incorporated into future architectural plans for Regina Public Library’s new Central Library.

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2 thoughts on “RPL Feasibility Study Released”

  1. I feel better knowing it was only one option among… one option.

    You’ve got to love how “hotel” isn’t on the list of possible developments from the public survey, creeps in in the commercial bit of the stakeholder consultation, and by the end is the most prominent feature of the new facility. This has nothing at all to do with how downtown-tower-building Harvard Developments conducted the study!

    But we can relax now. It didn’t happen. We’ve been saved forever from ridiculous unrealistic and poorly-thought-out P3 megaprojects in Regina’s downtown getting rammed through without adequate public consultation…

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