Omokoroa’s Library and Service Centre will be moving into a new building on the Western Avenue Recreation Reserve until a permanent home is found in the future town centre.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council will construct a multi-purpose building attached to the new Western Ave pavilion which is being built at the same time by the Omokoroa District Sport and Recreation Society.
The new location for the Library and Service Centre will be a medium-term move until a permanent location is found through the Omokoroa Structure Plan process.
Mayor Garry Webber says the existing Omokoroa Library and Service Centre has been struggling for space for some time as the demand has grown for Council services and library resources due to the increase in population.
The interim facility will be a double-storey building of 300 square metres.
Garry says the new library and service centre will be funded by the sale of the existing property in McDonnell Street and Council’s Replacement Reserve Fund.
“This is a great central location for the library and service centre for the time being and we are taking the opportunity to construct a building in conjunction with the new pavilion being built by the Sport and Recreation Society.
“The added beauty about the building is that it can be used as a multi-use community facility when Council finally locates the Library and Service Centre in the future town centre,’’ says Garry.
Garry says it is important for the Council project to align with the pavilion construction so that the Sport and Recreation Society’s project timeline is not delayed.
In conjunction with the building of the pavilion and the Library and Service Centre, Council will upgrade Western Avenue to provide safe access to the new buildings.