Regional Development Corporation

Province invests $1.25 million to house Haut-Saint-Jean Library regional office (08/11/20)

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Nov. 20, 2008

EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - An investment of $1.25 million will be made to construct a new facility to house the Haut-Saint-Jean Library regional office in Edmundston. Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement today.

"Today's investment will help the City of Edmundston complete an important community infrastructure project, and help us work toward our goal of self-sufficiency," Graham said. "This project will allow the Haut-Saint-Jean Library regional office to better deliver professional, technical and administrative expertise and support to the various service points in northwestern New Brunswick."

Joining Graham for the announcement were Ronald Ouellette, minister of agriculture and aquaculture; and Edmundston Mayor Jacques Martin.

The funding will be made to the City of Edmundston toward an estimated $9-million project consisting of a new 3,690-sq.-metre (41,000-sq.-ft.) municipal building that will house the Haut-Saint-Jean Library regional office, as well as the city's public security services, including the 911 centre, emergency measures centre and police services. The city is hoping to make this an energy-efficient project, and its first LEED-certified building.

"We firmly believe that this important investment will be a catalyst in the development of Edmundston's downtown area," said Martin. "The relocation of the Haut-Saint-Jean Library into a new and more spacious building will add value to our new police station. The magnitude of this project and the fact that it's coming together prove how collaborative effort between the province and the city can foster development."


MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286; Bruce Macfarlane, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-4606; Mychèle Poitras, City of Edmundston, 506-737-6799.