In 2017, the Library and Civic buildings were assessed as earthquake prone. Staff moved out, and are currently spread across three temporary sites. The main city Library has been operating from the MTG Hawke’s Bay building.
We have investigated location options for a new Napier Library. From a list of 17 possibilities, we closely investigated three sites that were most likely to meet the requirements for the new Library. The three site options included a privately owned CBD building, constructing a building at Clive Square / Memorial Square and completing a building refit or rebuild on the original site, which came out as the only practical option.
The Civic building, on the corner of Hastings and Station Streets and next door to the original main library building, is due to be demolished this year. We’d like to bring Council staff and facilities back into this area and are investigating how we might do this. Creating a civic precinct that has the Napier Library and Council facilities alongside a commercial development would revitalise this area of town and will be good for the central city too.
We recognise these are once in a lifetime decisions that need careful consideration. So, we’ve established a working group to look at options, costs and master planning of the potential commercial development, Library, and Council buildings. This is an exciting project, and the preferred options from the working group will be shared with you so you can give us your feedback.
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