A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Tuesday to mark the official start of construction for the new Steveston Community Centre and Branch Library.
The $90-million project aims to design a three-storey building facility that is "innovative, sustainable, inclusive and a model of wellness."
According to the city, features will include:
- A community centre with a double gymnasium, fitness centre, active studio, and multipurpose and meeting rooms;
- Gathering spaces and a shared community living room; and
- A library with enhanced collections, children’s and youth spaces, educational program rooms and space for silent study.
“This new facility has been a council priority that reflects the city’s commitment to building strong communities and the unique cultural and historical identity of Steveston,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.
“Richmond was recently named B.C.’s most active community, and through projects like this we can continue to bring people together in modern, environmentally-friendly facilities that support healthy lifestyles and active learning.”
Brodie was joined by several council members along with Steveston Community Society president Alan Sakai and Richmond Public Library Board chair Jordan Oye.
The Richmond News previously reported in July that trees were expected to be removed or relocated as early as this fall to accommodate the construction project.
Construction is expected to be complete by 2026.
With files from Maria Rantanen.