Centre to boost Aranui community
Aranui will be the recipient of Christchurch's first new youth and community centre since the earthquakes, courtesy of the Christchurch City Council, with help from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and the Lion's Club International Foundation.
It is not certain where the 976 sqm facility will be built, although the site of the now closed Wainoni Aranui Community Centre on Hampshire St is the favoured location.
A preliminary concept of the new centre has been finished and community consultation will be done later this year.
It is expected construction work will start next year.
The facility, which will include activity, meeting and office space, will cost an estimated $5.9 million to build. It will replace the Wainoni Aranui Family Centre and the nearby demolished Aranui Community Hall in Breezes Rd. The council is still in discussions with its insurers over both buildings.
The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust has granted $1 million towards the new facility, which includes a $500,000 donation from an anonymous donor. Lions Club International will contribute $450,000.
"Residents in this suburb, both young and the not-so-young, have been sorely missing somewhere they can come together for cultural, recreational and educational activities and events since the February 2011 earthquake.
"The Council had already identified the need for more facilities in Aranui where residents and young people could congregate. We are very grateful to Lions and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal for supporting this exciting new venture, which will be the first new community centre to be built by the council since the earthquakes," said mayor Bob Parker.
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