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The main entrance to the Stryker Center leads to an open space that will be used for art exhibitions and other community gatherings. (Nicole Trifone/WYDaily)

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City Council had its first official peek at the ongoing construction of the Stryker Center on Tuesday.

Council members – guided by Williamsburg Regional Library Director Genevieve Owens, Director of Public Works Dan Clayton and Director of Information Technology Mark Barham – went on a hard hat tour of the 15,000-square-foot space as part of its work session.

The building, across from the Williamsburg Regional Library on North Boundary Street, will house the council chambers, gallery space, public conference rooms and offices for library staff when it opens early next year.

"I am just thrilled to pieces over the opportunities this building will offer the Williamsburg community," Owens said. "It's just wonderful to see it taking form and to connect the dots for what can happen with this space."

Owens praised the design's versatility, saying she sees its potential as a "community living room" for the public with its three new library conference rooms – the largest able to hold about 88 people – and open space at the front of the building for art shows and other gatherings.

Council voted in November to approve a comprehensive agreement with contractor Daniel & Company Inc., which estimated a $5.7 million price tag for the project.

The most substantial aspects of the construction should be completed in January, and the Stryker Center will likely be open to the public by February or March.

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