Library next for Leopold

23 Feb 2017

Building program gathers momentum

MAJOR building works in Leopold will continue after the opening of the expanded shopping centre next month, with an $8 million community hub next on the agenda.
The suburb’s first library will be the centrepiece of the two-level complex, which will be built next to the childcare facility on Kensington Rd.
The city council has released plans for the community hub, which reveal: THE ground-floor library will be stocked with about 15,000 items, and is expected to attract more than 1600 visitors each week; THE first floor will feature meeting rooms and other community
spaces, including two areas on an external deck; and, THE building will be equivalent to a five-star green star rating, with roof-mounted solar panels and water-saving plumbing fixtures.
Pedestrian access will be created to the childcare centre, which was built during the first stage of the project in 2014-15.
The initial development received $500,000 in funding from the Federal Government, while the State Government has committed $750,000
towards the library complex.
Work will start later this year on the project, which sits east of the big shopping centre expansion on the corner of Bellarine Highway and Melaluka Rd.
Gateway Plaza has confirmed that the dozens of new stores in its $85 million upgrade will officially open on March 23.
New additions are headed by Kmart and Aldi, while a number of new food options have been revealed by centre management. These include popular chains Hi Sushi, Bakers Delight and Schnitz, Bobo’s Diner, Chic P, Blax Coffee, Alfie’s Cafe and Hangar Cafe Restaurant.
“Our new dining precinct, open day and night, will feature indoor and outdoor experiences offering casual dining options,” centre manager Russell Yelland said.
Geelong Advertiser, Geelong VIC
13 Feb 2017 by Shane Fowles