Board approves next step in Northcote rejuvenation

Publish Date : 20 Oct 2023
Northcote OA
Photo courtesy of Eke Panuku.

Kaipātiki is another step closer to gaining a new multi-purpose community hub in the heart of Northcote thanks to a recent decision by the local board.

At their 18 October Business Meeting the board approved a design brief from Eke Panuku for a proposed 1,500 square metre hub that will be a refurbishment and extension of the existing Mitchell Building (Northcote library) at 5 Ernie Mays Street near Cadness Reserve.

As well as improving existing library services for the area, the hub will provide future-proofed new homes for Northcote’s Citizens Advice Bureau, Plunket, Hearts and Minds, and North Art gallery space, all under one roof.

Kaipātiki Local Board Deputy Chair and Northcote Unlock lead Danielle Grant is excited to see work on developing the hub move forward.

“This is great news for Northcote. The board’s worked hard to make sure that this community gets a first-class, fit-for-purpose facility that truly meets the needs of this growing community, for now and the future, and I’m thrilled to see this project take shape.”
Kaipātiki Local Board Chair John Gillon adds: “I’m pleased that we’ve ensured that the community hub will provide a home for our valuable community groups who will play an invaluable part in the new Northcote town centre. We’re also providing a brand new library for the people of Northcote, along with meeting rooms and spaces for gathering.”

Development of the hub, which is a key part of a larger project to rejuvenate Northcote, was informed by feedback from over 700 community members in a 2020 consultation. The board then confirmed the location of a proposed hub at the existing Northcote Library Building in October 2021.

Eke Panuku hopes to start work on construction of the hub in 2025 with a planned completion date of 2027.

For updates on this project, including concept designs and community consultations, follow the Kaipātiki Local Board and Eke Panuku on Facebook.

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