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South Dunedin library site announced

South Dunedin’s permanent library and community complex has found a home – on the corner of King Edward Street and Macandrew Road.

South Dunedin’s permanent library and community complex has found a home – on the corner of King Edward Street and Macandrew Road.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says, ”We’re thrilled to be able to announce we have found and bought a suitable site. We know the South Dunedin community has been waiting a long time for a permanent library and community facility and it’s great news that we can get cracking on this.

“We’ve been lucky to have a temporary home at Cargill Enterprises in Hillside Road and that will continue for a while longer as we plan and build the new facility.”

The Dunedin City Council has bought the 4581m2 property (land and buildings) and took over the site on 1 March. The plan is to use existing buildings on about 1100m2 of the site for the library and community complex.

DCC General Manager Community Services Simon Pickford says while it has taken some time to find an appropriate site, the purchased property has many advantages. It is a large site in a central location, it’s close to bus services, the buildings have already been earthquake strengthened and there is plenty of room for car parking.

There are seven tenants on the selected site. The premises occupied by tenants Veggie Boys and Para Rubber have been identified as the preferred location for the South Dunedin Library and Community Complex. The intention is to develop these existing buildings to house the complex.

Mr Pickford says it is expected the other tenants will remain as the DCC won’t need the full site. Staff have talked with all the tenants and are working with them on their future plans.

It is likely work on the new complex will be staged. When work can start depends on negotiations with the tenants, but it is hoped construction can begin before the end of the year. The DCC hopes the first stage of the facility will open in 2021.

In September 2017, the DCC opened a temporary facility in the Cargill Enterprises building while a permanent solution was developed. The lease is coming to an end and negotiations are underway for an extension of the lease to keep the South Dunedin Community Pop-Up open for as long as possible while the permanent site is being developed.

In terms of what will be housed in the new complex, residents have previously said they would like a community space with things like a library, internet access, youth hub, community meeting rooms, public toilets, a DCC service centre and a community hot desk for community service providers. Staff will also look at partnership opportunities.

Mr Pickford says the next step will be to produce a concept design for the library and community complex. The DCC will continue to talk to the community about the project over coming months.

The DCC bought the site for $4.715 million. There is already funding of $5.25 million in the 10 year plan and the Council will discuss further funding for the development of the site as the project progresses.

FAQs

Why has it taken this long to find a site?

The DCC has worked hard to find a suitable site. Various properties have been identified in recent years, but these were either not suitable or not available to buy at the right time.

What happens to the current tenants?

There are seven tenants on the selected site (which is made up of 278 and 280 King Edward Street and 60-64 Macandrew Road). The premises occupied by tenants Veggie Boys and Para Rubber have been identified as the preferred location for the South Dunedin Library and Community Complex. It is expected the other tenants will remain as we won’t need the full site. Staff have talked with all the tenants and are working with them on their future plans.

When does work start?

This depends on negotiations with the tenants, but hopefully later this year.

How long until the library and community complex is open?

This depends on a number of factors, but we hope the first stage of the facility will open in  2021.

How much will the project cost?

The DCC bought the site for $4.715 million. There is already funding of $5.25 million in the 10 year plan and the Council will discuss further funding for the development of the site as the project progresses.

What is the DCC doing to manage any flooding risk on the site?

The previous owner carried out some minor flood protection work and no flooding has occurred on site since 2015. The design and construction of the South Dunedin library and community complex will take into account any flooding risks or other issues associated with the site.

What happens to the Community Pop-Up in Hillside Road?

The South Dunedin Community Pop-Up opened in September 2017. It was intended it remain in place for about two years during the development of a permanent facility. The Pop-Up is located in the Cargill Enterprises premises. The lease is coming to an end and negotiations are underway for an extension of the lease to keep the Pop-Up open for as long as possible while the permanent site is being developed.

What services and facilities will be provided in the new complex?

Residents have previously said they would like a community space with things like a library, internet access, youth hub, community meeting rooms, public toilets, a DCC service centre and a community hot desk for community service providers. Staff will also look at partnership opportunities.

Will the community get to have a say about what services are available?

From previous feedback we’ve got a good idea of people want as part of the complex. The next step will be to produce a concept design. The DCC will continue to talk to the community about the project over coming months.

Will there be parking?

Yes. There is currently parking on site and public parking will be part of the design.

Are there other improvements that could be done on or around the site at the same time?

Staff working on this project are talking with other teams, such as Transport and 3 Waters, to see if there is maintenance work or improvements to roads, footpaths and stormwater pipes etc that could be done in conjunction with the library and community complex.

As with other recent major projects, creative components will be included in the overall design.

Contact details
Contact DCC on 03 477 4000.

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