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Aerial view shows progress of Mâmawêyatitân Centre construction

Work on a $42-million complex in the heart of Regina's North Central neighbourhood is about three-quarters of the way to being finished.

Officials say new centre is about 75 per cent complete

The Mâmawêyatitân Centre, a new multi-purpose facility in North Central Regina, is about 75 per cent complete, officials say. (Regina Public Library)

Work on the Mâmawêyatitân Centre, a $42-million complex in the heart of Regina's North Central neighbourhood, is about three-quarters of the way to being finished.

The centre will replace a number of existing facilities, including Scott Collegiate, the Albert-Scott Community Centre and the Albert Library. There'll also be a child care facility, a city recreational complex and a police station.

A video released Friday showcases the centre, which was noted to be "on time and on budget" according to a news release.

Mâmawêyatitân — pronounced "ma-ma-WAY-tee-tawn" — is a Cree word meaning "let's all be together".

"We are now in the final phase of construction on the building, and expect to be on target for an opening in spring 2017," Jeff Barber, chair of the Mâmawêyatitân Centre Owners' Group and Director and CEO of Regina Public Library, said in the news release. "Now that construction is well in hand, we are turning our attention to program development for the centre."

The release noted that Sandra Bellegarde will be working as an integration coordinator to work with the facility partners to create "a new, vibrant learning environment for all ages."

"The new centre will be very much a hub of activity and programs for the North Central community," Bellegarde said. "The partners are working together to minimize overlap between their own programs [and] create new programming that integrates all facets of the community together — academic, social, recreational [and] healthy-living."

The 100,000-square-foot building will include space for a number of community-based organizations including the North Central Community Association (NCCA), Regina Indian Community Awareness Inc. (also known Chili for Children) and the neighbourhood food store provided by Regina Education Against Child Hunger (REACH).

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