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Music and arts centre finally gets off the ground

LAUREN PRIESTLEY
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2014

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The long wait is nearly over for the Glen Innes Music and Arts Centre for Young People.

Auckland Council announced last week that ground work on the centre's Line Rd site is scheduled to begin on March 24.

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chairman Simon Randall says the project has been held back with contracting issues but is now looking to be on track.

A sod-turning event will be held on March 22, he says.

"This is a significant project for the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board and we are delighted that construction is about to begin. The centre will provide much needed community space for young people to express their creativity and talent."

And it has been a long time coming.

In the mid-1990s, the Glen Innes community identified a need for a creative centre to nourish its youngsters' musical and artistic talents.

The project has sparked controversy over the years because the former Auckland City Council allocated funding to it, then withdrew it, allocated more funding and withdrew it again.

Auckland Council has selected Hawkins Construction as the key building partner for the centre.

Senior projects manager Alasdair Nelson says Hawkins has successfully delivered a range of council projects in the past.

Construction of the $8 million development next to the Glen Innes library is expected to be complete by February 2015.

The two-storey building will include a studio, music rehearsal spaces and visual art workshops, classrooms, and an auditorium.

Go to gimusicarts.co.nz for more information.

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- East And Bays Courier

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