Westgate facility is two years away
A new multipurpose facility in west Auckland will not open until 2019.
Construction of the library and community centre in Westgate began in March, with a completion date of late 2018.
But it was ‘‘expected’’ to open to the public in early 2019, Auckland Council community facilities manager Rod Sheridan said. This was to enable time to fit out the building, including installing equipment and ensuring everything was set up for staff.
The entire building, located on Kohuhu Lane, would have a floor area of about 3600 square metres and cost $26.9 million. Citizen Advice Bureau offices and external public toilets would also be built.
Sheridan said construction was underway with structural elements currently being put in place. The entire facility would be an integrated community hub that would enable people to come together to create, explore, connect and participate, he said.
Chairman of the HendersonMassey Local Board, Shane Henderson, said he was ‘‘excited’’ about the developments occurring in Westgate.
Sheridan said another council development in the area, Te Hauauru Park, located on the corner of Tawhia Drive and Maki Street, was 70 per cent through construction. It was due for completion later this year, he said.
An artist’s impression of the library and community centre planned for Westgate.