Albany Hub opened with blessing
Construction of a long-awaited community space for Upper Harbour residents is now complete.
The new Albany Hub was blessed in the presence of 40 attendees, including the Upper Harbour Local Board, Kaumatua Otene Reweti and Auckland Council staff on July 6.
Situated beside Albany House off Albany Highway, the hub offers bookable spaces for community use.
Upper Harbour Local Board chairwoman Lisa Whyte said the building is ‘‘lovely’’ and thought had gone into the colour palette which includes historical references to fruit-growing in the area and the native Kowhai tree.
Whyte said while the building may be smaller relative to others in the region, it fills a gap in the network of venues for hire locally.
Albany Hub contains four bookable spaces - two meeting rooms, an interview room and a hall. There is also a demonstration kitchen and a courtyard.
Auckland Council will manage the hub for the first 12-18 months, after which it will shift to community-led management. Work on the $1.2 million hub started in November 2016.
It will soon be added to the Auckland Council venues booking system and open for bookings from August 1. Contact 021 732 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
The hub will be available for bookings from August 1.