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The County of Brant Public Library will host a public open house at the Brant Sports Complex on Monday, February 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

A special presentation by the Library and DPAI Architecture Inc. will begin at 7:00 p.m. and showcase draft design concepts of the exterior and interior spaces of the new Main Branch Library.

The project involves the full restoration of the historic Paris Old Town Hall (now known as the Bawcutt Centre) with a bright and modern addition featuring library services for all age groups. A landscaped exterior offers public green space for outdoor use and public enjoyment. 

“The proposed design strikes a perfect balance between restoration of the original Gothic Revival-style building and a modern library,” said Kathryn Carter, chair of the Bawcutt Centre Advisory Committee. “We are so excited to share this concept with the community. The new Main Branch Library will be an incredible resource for County residents and preserves a significant piece of our cultural heritage.”

The public open house is free to attend and provides County of Brant residents an opportunity to engage with representatives from the project Steering Group and DPAI Architecture Inc. Residents are invited to attend the open house, take in the presentation, and provide feedback on the proposed design concepts.

A recording of the presentation and design images will be available on the Library’s website at www.brantlibrary.ca/newmainbranch. The public is encouraged to submit feedback online during the month of February.

This project is guided by a Steering Group composed of Library Board members and the Bawcutt Centre Advisory Committee.  Pending Council approval of the final project design and budget, construction is expected to begin in 2023.

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