Pro­posed com­mu­nity cen­tre seek­ing ten­ants

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

There will be meet­ing rooms ga­lore in the new com­mu­nity cen­tre planned for Mana.

St Barn­abas Church, at 106 Mana Es­planade, is to un­dergo a $3.5 mil­lion up­grade, likely to start next year.

More than $2.4m has al­ready been raised, through fundrais­ing and sell­ing some as­sets.

Two houses next door will be re­moved to make suf­fi­cient room for the devel­op­ment and ex­tra car park­ing.

Fundrais­ing cam­paign man­ager Paul Latham said al­though it was a pri­vate ven­ture, the six meet­ing rooms, a chil­dren’s area and a new hall would be avail­able for pub­lic use.

‘‘What we want is for groups to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est with us,’’ he said. ‘‘Peo­ple will see a lot of con­struc­tion hap­pen­ing in the next year and we think the lo­ca­tion is go­ing to be per­fect for many clubs, busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to be based. This is about far more than church ac­tiv­i­ties.’’

The chapel and main church space would re­main the same, Latham said, with the new devel­op­ment built around it, to be hope­fully com­pleted by the end of 2017.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the up­graded St Barn­abas Church in Mana, which will have pub­lic spa­ces avail­able.

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