New Steveston community centre, library estimated at $90 million

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Replacement of the Steveston community centre and library is projected to cost around $90 million, according to a staff report submitted in advance of next week’s general purposes committee meeting.

Staff is recommending $63 million come from the capital building and infrastructure reserve, $21.3 million come from the capital reserve (revolving fund), and $5.6 million come from the Steveston community amenity provision. An additional $5 million is recommended for a construction escalation contingency fund, also to come from the revolving fund of the capital reserve, in case of unforeseen factors or cost escalation.

The recommended design for the new facility, following discussion and public consultation, is a three-storey building totalling just over 60,000 square feet (5,600 square metres). There would be underground parking spaces below the facility and an increase of 90 stalls overall, for a total of 283.

The existing community centre and library will stay open during construction. Staff recommend it then be demolished “in order to satisfy the parking requirements without impacting the surrounding green space,” according to the report.

The project will take four to five years to complete, and should be finished in late 2025 or early 2026 if council approves the current plan and staff report.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel

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