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The Dunedin City Council has bought a site at the corner of King Edward St and Macandrew Rd for $4.7 million.
The 4581sq m site will house a permanent library and community complex.
Council community services general manager Simon Pickford said today though it had taken some time to find an appropriate site, the property had many advantages.
"It is a large site in a central location, it's close to bus services, the buildings have already been earthquake-strengthened and there is plenty of room for car parking.''
The buildings occupied by tenants Veggie Boys and Para Rubber have been identified as the preferred location for the complex, and the intention was to develop those buildings to house the complex, he said.
There were seven other existing tenants at the site which were expected to remain as the full site was not needed for the hub.
A start date for construction would depend on negotiations with tenants, but it was hoped work would begin before the end of this year, he said.
The council hoped the first stage of the facility would open in 2021.
A temporary community hub has been operating at the Cargill Enterprises building since 2017, and the council was negotiating an extension to the lease so it could stay open as long as possible.
Mr Pickford said the next step would be to produce a concept design for the library and community complex, and the council would continue to talk to the community about the project over coming months.
There was already funding of $5.25 million in the 10-year plan and the council would discuss further funding for the development of the site as the project progresses, he said.
"In terms of what will be housed in the new complex, residents have previously said they would like a community space with things like a library, internet access, youth hub, community meeting rooms, public toilets, a DCC service centre and a community hot desk for community service providers.
"Staff will also look at partnership opportunities."