After sitting solitary on Albert Street for months, the Sebastopol Library’s facade now has a roof attached.
The library has been closed for redevelopment since November last year, to accommodate more community meeting areas and improved IT services.
City of Ballarat's director of people and communities Neville Ivey said it was hoped the facility would be operational before Christmas.
“Anyone driving past now would go ‘oh wow, we’re now seeing some action’, so that’s certainly a positive,” he said.
“The roof has gone on this week, so its on track still for construction completion by the end of November.
“We did have some indication from the contractor they would be able to bring that [completion date] forward, but that hasn’t occurred.”
The old Sebastopol Town Hall building at the rear and the maternal and child health facilities have been retained behind the heritage facade, in order to be refurbished.
The project is funded by a $600,000 contribution from the state government’s Living Libraries Program, with $2.35 million from the City of Ballarat.
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