Guelph Public Library Reveals New Look for New Main Building

City of Guelph crews are currently set up at the Baker Street parking lot to look for bodies. The archeological preparation happening now is part of the ground work to redevelop Baker Street for a new residential project and the new main building for the Guelph Public Library. Speaking of that new library, here’s your first look at what the finished library project will look like. Continue reading “Guelph Public Library Reveals New Look for New Main Building”

This Month at Council Part 2: Service Reviews, Sign Resolution, and Baker Plans

Before summer break, there were some long hours ahead for Guelph City Council. One special meeting reviewed the findings of the service rationalization report, and another special meeting reviewed the Baker District Urban Master Plan. In between, council sorted out the issues with the new sign bylaw and ended the decades long quandary about the Dolime Quarry. Here’s the second council recap for July. Continue reading “This Month at Council Part 2: Service Reviews, Sign Resolution, and Baker Plans”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 21, 2021

Before summer vacation, council will consider the Baker District Master Plan. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 21, 2021”

Library Board Approves Design for New Main Library Building

In yet another step closer to making a new main library building downtown a reality, the Guelph Public Library Board of Directors formally approved the architectural design for the new standalone building in the Baker District Redevelopment last night. The board promises that this building will be everything you want in 21st century library goodness, and now they wait for next week’s approval of the rest of the urban design master plan for the area. Continue reading “Library Board Approves Design for New Main Library Building”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 21 Meeting?

To complete a trifecta of city council meetings in the last week before a midsummer break, we will hear about one of the most complex and controversial construction projects coming to Guelph in the next 10 years. Submitted for council approval at this meeting is the Urban Design Master Plan for the Baker District Redevelopment, which promises big economic, and environmental benefits. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 21 Meeting?”

This Month at Council: A Growth Workshop, Supportive Housing, and a New Library

It was a very busy October at City Council, and front loaded with one of the biggest, most controversial debates of our time: the approval of the new main library. That took a lot of time and energy around the virtual horseshoe, but there was also a lot of ground covered on updating the City’s growth projections, setting aside funds for supportive housing, and, as always, a couple of controversial zoning amendments. Continue reading “This Month at Council: A Growth Workshop, Supportive Housing, and a New Library”

GUELPH POLITICAST #243 – The Library Victory Lap

The Guelph Public Library Board of Directors met Tuesday night, and among their agenda items was the next steps for the new main library plan. For many people in Guelph, these are great signs of progress for a project that’s been gestating since the mid-90s, but there might be even more pressure for the board to now turn those plans into reality. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #243 – The Library Victory Lap”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 7, 2020

Tonight, final decisions for the new main library and the South End Community Centre will be made! You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 7, 2020”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for October 5, 2020

It will be a very busy committee meeting to start a busy October at city council. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for October 5, 2020”

RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Police and Library Matters

For the second time in the COVID-era, a pair of Guelph City Councillors held a virtual town hall via Zoom. Ward 5 Councillors Leanne Caron and Cathy Downer organized a gathering of around 30 people Thursday night to cover matters of law and order with members of the Guelph Police Service, and matters of the Guelph Public Library with the CEO and Board members. Below is the recap. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Police and Library Matters”