Library could become call centre
Library officials deny being in talks with Sutherland Global Services in relocation effort
The main downtown branch of the public library branch could become the new home for Sutherland Global Services.
The business customer call centre wants to consolidate its west-end and downtown operations into one site. But for that to happen the company needs about 100,000 square feet of space.
The main library branch at 850 Ouellette Ave. has that much room. It is set to close in 2013 and move into a multi-use facility, which will include the library and an aquatic centre.
Sources tell CBC News city representatives are involved in helping the company find a location to consolidate its operations. Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis confirmed to CBC News he has met with Sutherland Global officials but won't say much more.
He does not want to lose the company and the more-than 1,000 jobs to another region.
Councillor Al Maghnieh is chairman of the library board of directors. He says there have been no discussions with Sutherland Global or any other private companies but adds that if the library has to close earlier than scheduled people can be assured that the same level of service will be provided possibly at another location until the new centre is built:
"Things change all the time and if they do we'll still be in a position to offer services at the normal level that we have and continue to expand on everything else that we're doing over at Windsor Public Library," Maghnieh said.