Extra $3m needed for northern library
A new library for Johnsonville looks set to cost the Wellington City Council another $3.2million, on top of the $19m already budgeted for the project.
Councillors will consider whether to sign off for the extra money at a city strategy committee meeting on Thursday. The money would be earmarked to come out of the 2018/19 long-term plan.
It would cover the fit-out for the cafe inside the library, public toilets nearby, relocating the pool entrance of the Keith Spry pool, landscaping in the area, and a covered walkway to the Johnsonville Community centre.
Northern ward councillor Jill Day said it was important to add the finishing touches to the area, and things like landscaping were important.
As the library was going to be open for longer hours, Day was not sure a public toilet would be needed as well, although the report said it would leave the town centre without 24-hour toilets.
Some work was more important, so it would be a matter of working out which things councillors felt were really needed in the area.
It was possible the cafe fit-out could be left to the tenant that took over, to save the council money, and ensure the tenants got the layout they wanted.
‘‘There’s not endless funds so we will have to negotiate that one.’’
Fellow northern ward councillor Peter Gilberd agreed the fitout could potentially be left to the tenants, and would have to be considered on merit.
He had an open mind when it came to the public toilets.
It was important that council finished the project off properly by doing it once, and doing it right, and he was delighted council staff were trying to do that.
The new library was the best thing that had happened to Johnsonville, Gilberd said.
‘‘It’s just a wonderful facility for this suburb.’’
The Athfield Architect designed library will be next to the suburb’s community centre and Keith Spry Pool on Frankmoore Ave. It will be much bigger than the existing library, and will provide a modern, flexible library space.
Construction is expected to begin this year, and be finished by mid-2018.
In November 2015, Wellington City Council revealed the design process would be done in three stages, with the community able to provide feedback after each new set of plans are completed.
‘‘It’s just a wonderful facility for this suburb’’ Peter Gilberd Drawings of what a state of the art new library in Johnsonville might look like, supplied in 2015.