West­gate fa­cil­ity is two years away

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - DANIELLE CLENT

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.

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