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Concept plans released for ‘long-awaited’ Gosford library

Concept plans for the ‘long-awaited’ Gosford Regional Library have been released, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Community residents are being asked to consider the two concept plans for the library and vote for their preference by 11 March.

The first concept is for a three-storey building with a mezzanine, along with two levels of basement parking, while the second concept, planned for a different site, is a 10-storey building with three levels of parking that would also include retail and commercial space. The latter option, according to council assessments, would create employment opportunities and offer high-grade commercial spaces that the CBD currently lacks.

The new library will be financed by $8.1 million that was raised by the former council, plus an additional $7 million of federal funding. However, the council is predicting it will need to find additional money in future budgets for whichever library plan is chosen.

The council’s director of connected communities, Julie Vaughan, said the new library ‘is a vital development for the Central Coast that will deliver employment opportunities and economic stimulus and will be a focal point for library services across the region’.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Central Coast Council delayed the library development for ‘procedural’ reasons in February 2017.


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