THE proposed $39 million Faulkner Civic Precinct Community Centre has marked another milestone after the City of Belmont ticked off on a business plan.
The centre is set to include a library and digital hub, museum and senior citizens centre, which will replace the current facilities at Faulkner Park.
The City has secured $9.6 million from the Federal Government and $3.8 million from Lotterywest.
At the October 22 special council meeting, councillor Steve Wolff spoke about how the centre was a community investment that was long overdue and would replace existing facilities.
There was some concern with the cost of the project, which had previously been slated at about $28 million.
Cr Lauren Cayoun moved for the council to note that the total project cost exceeded original estimates and that it expressed concern about future potential increases.
Mayor Phil Marks said the cost of the project for ratepayers would be about $26 million as the City had secured grants and Cr Cayoun’s recommendation was edited to remove the remark that the total project cost exceeded original estimates.
Belmont chief executive John Christie said there were a number of design and construction factors that led to the increased cost of the project including the ground conditions of the site, adjustments to improve long-term flexibility and operational use, and an increase in the extent of passive recreation and landscaping around the proposed building.
“Subject to a contract being awarded, it is anticipated construction of the building would start in February 2018 with completion approximately two years thereafter, followed by fit out and occupancy around April 2020,” he said.