Public open houses scheduled for Minoru multi-purpose complex, fire hall projects
11 September 2014
The City of Richmond is seeking public feedback on the preliminary design of a planned multi-purpose complex in the Minoru Civic Precinct that will include aquatic and fitness services, an older adults centre and community sport amenities. Public information will also be provided on two planned new fire halls at a series of upcoming public open houses.
“These new facilities will address current and emerging needs for our growing and evolving community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The open houses are an important opportunity for our community to learn more about these projects and provide feedback on the plans for these facilities.”
Site preparation and design are now underway for the new $79.6 million multi-purpose complex in Minoru Park, which is set to open in 2017. The new Minoru multi-purpose complex will replace the Minoru Aquatic Centre, the Minoru Place Activity Centre and the Minoru Pavilion. In July, Council approved a set of guiding principles along with a functional space program for the 110,000 square foot complex. Public feedback is now being sought on proposed floor plans and user features for the complex.
Construction is expected to begin in 2015 for the new Brighouse No. 1 and Cambie No. 3 Fire Halls. A new facility will replace the existing No. 1 Fire Hall at its current location on the northeast corner of Gilbert Road and Granville Avenue. The new Cambie Fire Hall No. 3, which will feature a joint fire hall/ambulance station, is to be built on Cambie Road, near No. 4 Road, to service the north Richmond area.
The public will have the opportunity to learn more about these projects at a series of public open houses in September:
- Friday, September 19, noon – 5:00 p.m., Lansdowne Centre, 5300 No. 3 Road.
- Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Minoru Aquatic Centre, 7560 Minoru Gate.
- Tuesday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. – noon, Minoru Place Activity Centre, 7660 Minoru Gate.
- Wednesday, September 24, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Minoru Aquatic Centre, 7560 Minoru Gate.
The open houses will provide opportunities to review the design work done to date, ask questions of staff and the architects and provide feedback. Participants can also complete a survey on the Minoru multi-purpose complex design to provide additional feedback.
Public feedback on the proposed Minoru multi-purpose complex can also be made through the City’s online discussion forum at www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca beginning September 19. Printed copies of the open house information boards and the survey will also be available from Richmond City Hall or by phoning 604-276-4000.
Project information is also available at www.richmond.ca/minoruprecinct.
Richmond’s existing civic seniors’ centre needs to expand to meet growing demand. The older adult population is one of the most rapidly growing age segments within Richmond and is expected to double over the next three decades. Parts of Minoru Aquatic Centre date back to 1958 and the facility lacks many amenities that are commonly expected in modern facilities. The 50-year-old Minoru Pavilion had also reached the end of its lifespan.
Replacing the aquatic and older adult centres on the former Minoru Pavilion site and adjoining area ensures there will be no disruption to the older adult and aquatic centre users during the construction period. As part of this project, a number of playing surfaces in Minoru Park are also being relocated and upgraded. The existing Latrace baseball diamond is being converted into Richmond’s first all-weather artificial turf baseball/soccer field and an additional all-weather artificial turf field is being relocated within the park. The cricket pitch, track and field throwing events and some tennis courts are also being relocated. Work on those projects is already under way and the new fields will open this fall.
The replacement of the No. 1 and No. 3 Fire Halls fulfils Council’s commitment to replace or upgrade all of its major public safety facilities to meet current seismic requirements and the community’s safety needs.
The new Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1 will be a $22.3 million four-bay facility and is to be completed by 2016. In order to maintain the existing level of service to the community during this construction, the current services provided from No. 1 Fire Hall will be temporarily relocated to 6931 Granville Avenue (the northwest corner of Gilbert Road and Granville Avenue) and Sea Island Fire Hall No. 4 for approximately two years.
The new $20.74 million Cambie No. 3 Fire Hall is to be completed by 2017 and will include an ambulance station. It will be the first joint fire hall/ambulance station in a major urban setting in BC.