The feasibility study on current and future usage options for the Central Stories building, including the potential relocation of the Alexandra library and/or other Council services to the Central Stories building, was presented to Council on Wednesday 24 October 2018.
Consultant, McElrea Consulting, received feedback from more than 1,500 members of the community on how they thought the Central Stories building should be developed.
There was general consensus that existing facilities need modernising and updating with more flexible spaces that services could access collaboratively. Feedback also indicated a need for additional services to complement and enhance the services already provided at Central Stories, as well as greater collaboration between service providers.
A focal point for the community was whether or not the library should be relocated to the Central Stories building, with 44% of survey respondents recommending that it should be relocated, and 55% recommending that the services remain separate.
A range of redevelopment options were presented in the report. Shortlisted options included refitting the current building, extending the building footprint to include services such as a café and library, and developing off-site museum storage to create more space in the Central Stories building
Council approved for staff to develop a business case to further test and price out these options.
Read the Feasibility Study needs analysis and project feasibility report (PDF, 8MB).