Published on: March 8, 2017 | Last Updated: March 8, 2017 8:05 PM EDT
Visions of the newest branch of the Windsor Public Library are on their way to becoming a reality at the Optimist Community Centre — where city officials hammered a hole in a wall on Wednesday.
Work on the new branch at 1075 Ypres Ave., is so far ahead of schedule that it should open before its tentative ready date of January 2018.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens was among those who took a couple of ceremonious swings with a sledgehammer to a wall at the community centre that will eventually become the entrance to the new library.
Described as a “21st-century facility,” the branch will have 6,500 square feet of space — enough room for an estimated 22,000 items of print, audio, video and multilingual resources.
The branch will also have public computers, free Wi-Fi, study space and more
The decor will have “a distinctly automotive theme,” and the Windsor Public Library’s 4,600-item automotive archive will be housed at the location.
The estimated value of the project is $2.46 million.
Library board chair Peter Frise said the project is a continuation of the library’s unprecedented changes in order to remain sustainable in the city.
“This iconic facility is a building to which our community will want to return again and again,” Frise said.