Windsor library expansion coming in ’21

Published 4:51 pm Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Windsor library on Duke Street is slated to receive a $350,000 expansion in 2021.

The renovations, which include adding a branch manager’s office, meeting space and storage, will roughly double the size of the building by adding approximately 1,800 square feet onto its right-hand side.

The money will come from county funds in Isle of Wight’s 2020-2021 capital improvements budget rather than town tax dollars, but the county needs the approval of Windsor’s Town Council to proceed by virtue of the library being located on town-owned land. The Town Council hasn’t voted on the matter yet, and isn’t planning to meet again until the new year.

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Once the town council’s approval is on record, county staff will still need to meet with representatives of the Blackwater Regional Library system, of which the Windsor library is one branch — meaning there’s “no hard schedule” for a groundbreaking or completion date yet, Assistant County Administrator Don Robertson said.

“The Windsor Branch is just thankful to be getting this much-needed addition,” said Lauren Lombard, branch manager of the Windsor library.

Since construction will be limited to one side of the building, “we should be able to operate normally with minimal closure,” once construction begins, she added.