City of Melbourne councillors have endorsed a proposal to use three floors of the new community hub at Stage 1 of the Munro development for a new library.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp says that a library in the city’s north will activate the growing precinct that is expected to be home to 24,000 new residents by 2040.
The proposed 3,100sqm community library will feature a rooftop terrace for outdoor reading and activities, community spaces, meeting rooms, a commercial kitchen and auditorium. This is a welcome addition to the City’s existing network of 6 library branches and could be open as soon as early 2023.
PDG delivered the community hub to the City of Melbourne upon the completion of construction in September this year. The five-storey building is currently being fit-out for use.
The Munro project is part of CoM’s wider Queen Victoria Market precinct renewal, and comprises fine-grain retail, build-to-rent residential apartments, a boutique hotel and 500-space underground car park for market customers which opened in July.
Stage 2 of the Munro project is progressing well and on track to be completed in October 2022.