TRURO - The future of the old hat factory building in Truro is "uncertain at this point," now that the former Normal College has been selected as the site for a new library, owner David Snook says.
The future of the former hat factory on Prince Street is uncertain.
"We're trying to regroup," he said. "Obviously our thoughts over redevelopment of the entire complex has changed as a result of this decision."
Had the hat factory been selected to become the new regional library, Snook said, the intention was to also turn the section of the building next to the Superstore into mixed-used commercial space. But Snook said it now is back to square one as to what to do with the building.
"We are obviously disappointed in the town's decision to choose the old Normal College as the location for the new library over the old hat factory," he said. "While we understand the town's need to find a use for the Normal College building, we believe that our location would have been a much more suitable location for the library and the cost to the town would have been fixed."
Truro town council unanimously voted on Monday to choose the old Normal College as the site for a new library.
Colchester County's three representatives on the site selection committee had favoured the hat factory, a factor that now raises questions over whether the county, which had planned to contribute a maximum of $2.25 million of the $7-million project, will remain as a funding partner for the capital costs.
The county is expected to discuss the matter at its Oct. 17 meeting.
It could be up to two years before the facility is ready to be opened to the public.