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Builder, architect chosen for $90-million Steveston community centre, library project

Three councillors were pushing for seniors housing at a new Richmond community centre
Artist's rendering of new Steveston Community Centre and library.

An architect and builder have been chosen to design and rebuild the new $90-million Steveston Community Centre and library.

The 60,000-square-foot facility will be about one-third larger than the current community centre on Moncton Street.

The new community centre portion will be almost 48,000 square feet, about 15,000 square feet larger than the existing centre, and the new library will be about three times the size of the current one.

Coun. Harold Steves, Michael Wolfe and then-councillor Kelly Greene opposed the community centre rebuild in 2019, however, because it didn’t include seniors housing.

Steves has said in the past he got involved with the Steveston Community Centre because of this promise for seniors housing.

At the time, city staff proposed looking at an alternative location for seniors housing, namely at 4320 Moncton St. in conjunction with a potential transit hub.

The city surveyed the public about the new community centre and library via LetsTalkRichmond in March 2021 and held a virtual open house during the same month.

Scott Construction has been chosen as the builder and HDR Architecture will design the rebuild of the Steveston Community Centre and library.

The current 4,000-square-foot library will be replaced with one 12,400 square feet in size.

The new community centre will be built just east of the existing one to allow it to stay open during construction.

The new centre will have two gymnasiums, almost tripling in size with room for spectators. There will also be two fitness rooms – currently there is one – and five multi-purpose rooms replacing the current three.

The kitchen will more than double in size and include space for serving meals.

The existing community centre has a squash court and a stage, but these won’t be included in the new building.

For more information on the Steveston Community Centre and library rebuild, click here and follow links on the right-hand side of the page.