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Feedback wanted on look of new Steveston community centre

Feedback on the new community centre and library exterior can be made until June 7.
A new community centre and library is being planned in Steveston and the city is asking for feedback on exterior plans.

What do you want exterior of the new Steveston Community Centre and library to look like?

This is the question the City of Richmond is asking the public to give feedback on as it plans a $90-million replacement of the current aging community centre and library.

The public can give feedback at four in-person events and online through the city’s LetsTalkRichmond portal.

Two feedback sessions will be held at the current community centre/library where city staff and project architects will be onsite to answer questions.

There will be drop-in open houses on Saturday, May 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 1 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

City staff and the architects will also be at feedback/info events at two consecutive Steveston farmers markets – on May 22 and June 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. They will have a booth at the farmers market, which takes place at 4320 Moncton St., across from the current community centre.

Display materials will also be at the community centre/library, located at 4100 Moncton St., from May 18 to June 7.

Feedback can be given at LetsTalkRichmond until 11:59 p.m. on June 7.

The new facility will be about 60,000 square feet in size.

It’s estimated to cost $50 million for the new building, $22 million for civil works and site preparation, $14.5 million for parking, $2 million to demolish the old building and $1.5 million to rebuild the educational garden and new washrooms in the park.

The lion’s share of the money is coming from the city’s capital reserve fund with about $5.7 million from the Steveston Community Amenity fund.

The entire project is expected to be done in four to five years.