Old li­brary for sale

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

The chair­man of the Al­ber­ton Li­brary Board ex­pressed op­ti­mism this week the li­brary’s for­mer Main Street lo­ca­tion will catch the at­ten­tion of po­ten­tial buy­ers.

The Al­ber­ton Pub­lic Li­brary re-opened Tues­day in its new lo­ca­tion, the Old Stone Sta­tion on Rail­way Street.

The move com­pletes a re­lo­ca­tion process, which the town ini­ti­ated in Au­gust.

Al­though the town has taken over re­spon­si­bil­ity for li­brary ser­vices, the Al­ber­ton Li­brary Board still owns the old build­ing.

Li­brary ser­vices were sus­pended at the Main Street lo­ca­tion in May af­ter flood­ing in the base­ment led to air qual­ity is­sues on the main level.

Re­pairs were car­ried out and the li­brary re­opened in June. It closed a week later when air qual­ity is­sues were de­tected again.

The li­brary board had re­ceived pro­vin­cial govern­ment as­sur­ance that it would help with re­pairs, but the town coun­cil de­cided to take over and move the ser­vice in­stead.

Li­brary board chair­man Al­lan Cur­tis said while it will be up to his board to ne­go­ti­ate the sale of the Main Street build­ing, he has se­lected a three-per­son in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee to de­cide what to do with as­sets once out­stand­ing costs are cov­ered.

The only in­struc­tion the li­brary board has for the in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee is that the re­main­ing funds should be used in such a man­ner as to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

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