Whitchurch-Stouffville council has given the green light to spend an extra $1.5 million for the leisure centre and public library project.

Councillors decided to approve the additional funds after a new report showed the extra money is necessary because of construction delays, the need to improve some utility services, the purchase of furniture and fixtures and to ease the transition of the library back into the building. The entire cost now set aside for the project is $17.6 million.

The expansion project, which is on schedule to be completed in March, is set to become one of the main public buildings in downtown Stouffville and a centre for many of the town’s attractions as the size will, essentially, be doubled to accommodate the growing needs of the town.

The 43,000 square foot expansion will see the library grow significantly in terms of both resource capacity and space that will include meeting rooms and study areas at the Park St. location.

Improvements to the fitness area will add 16,000 square feet of space for training while the pool areas will see a new viewing gallery. The Latcham Gallery will also be incorporated into the leisure centre for art gallery and classroom space. All aspects of the leisure centre will be linked through an expanded lobby that will now include lounge space overlooking the park and opening onto an outdoor terrace.

Most of the facilities at the complex are expected to be operational by April with official opening ceremonies tentatively scheduled for June, unless the project runs into unforeseen problems.

In the photo, an artist rendition of the new lounge and outdoor terrace at the leisure centre.




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