Chernin Considering Opportunity for New Library in Sydney
Local developer Marty Chernin is taking an interest in efforts to find a new location for a library in Sydney. Cape Breton Regional Library build committee chair Pat Bates says that Chernin is exploring the possibility of housing a library within a 10 million dollar commercial property that he’s proposing to build on the Esplanade in downtown Sydney. The library facility would then be leased to the CBRM. Chernin’s proposed development will be the subject of public consultations that are expected to be held in September. Meanwhile, Sydney’s James McConnell Memorial Library is aging, and Bates is among a chorus of voices who’ve been calling for the library to be relocated. The McConnell building is owned by the CBRM, which issued a call for tenders last week seeking someone to carry out a feasibility study that would determine the future requirements for a new library building in downtown Sydney. As for Chernin’s proposal, Mayor Cecil Clarke says that the CBRM will examine all proposals based on their merit and the municipality’s financial ability to contribute. Clarke notes that there may be another opportunity for a new library as part of a proposed project that will be discussed by municipal and provincial officials in the fall.