Issued Monday 11 September 2017
With the City of Casey and Narre Warren Library set to relocate to Bunjil Place in October, Council has decided that it will demolish the existing Civic Centre and library buildings next year.
While no decisions have been made about the future use of the site, the demolition will make way for Council to plan and explore options which will further enhance the precinct.
Built in the 1970s and renovated in 1997, City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said the buildings were in poor condition.
“Both the Civic Centre and library buildings have outlived their usefulness. It’s simply not practical or economically viable to invest a significant amount of ratepayers’ money to bring them up to a standard suitable for any tenant,” he said.
“Council has not yet made a decision about the future use of the land once these buildings have come down, but it is our preference for the site to remain in Council hands. We are undertaking the planning work required to understand Council and community requirements for this area.
“Council is continuing to plan for the evolution of the Narre Warren - Fountain Gate precinct to become the premier CBD of the south east.
“With a catchment of 355,000 people, the area is a regional shopping, entertainment, employment and community destination with Bunjil Place and Casey ARC at its heart.
“To recognise the potential of the existing Council office and library site, Council is working towards a plan to build off the success of Bunjil Place and provide maximum value to Council and the community.
“The community will have opportunities to have its say about the site in the future through the planning process.”
In the short term, part of the area will be developed as a linking park between Bunjil Place and Westfield and about 75 car parking spaces will also be constructed on part of the site.
The demolition works will not take place until early 2018 to avoid any disruptions during the opening months of Bunjil Place and the busy Christmas period.
Council will work to ensure disruptions from demolition are minimal and will communicate any impacts these works will have on the surrounding area with affected stakeholders and the community.
Bunjil Place will create significant efficiencies by bringing together three Council offices into one place.
Council will also be demolishing its PTA office site once staff relocate to Bunjil Place. The PTA has been sold and the demolition is a condition of the contract of sale between Council and the new owners.