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City greenlights library renovation

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The city has chosen a contractor to begin work on renovations to the Montrose Cultural Centre to the tune of $544,000.

When the building was originally built, a space on the second floor was set aside for expansion to the Grande Prairie Public Library at a later date.

Montrose Cultural Centre Manager Rhonda Matheson says that space is now sorely needed.

“It’s going to enable expanded programming for the library, because we’re in very cramped quarters right now. It provides opportunity to free up meeting space that is now currently being used for programming, and also freeing up that meeting space so it’s available more often to community groups.”

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According to Matheson, work will get started as soon as possible.

“We hope to begin prior to the end of March. It is a project that will be finalized quite quickly, and we’re hoping for about three months to the completion date so that would take us toward the end of June.”

Council also voted to increase their funding by $108,000 to maintain their commitment of covering 44% of the total cost.

They had initially promised $200,000 in December 2012.

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