Jeremy Smith reports the Te Newhanga Community Centre in Paraparaumu is leaking and will need remedial work after mould spores were discovered in the walls.
Quoting the Kāpiti Coast Council (KCDC), he says the Stachybotrys spores could affect people with low immunity or are already unwell.
One report says the faults could cost well over a million dollars to repair.
But the Council says there are no spores in the air, unlike the Waikanae library which had to be closed immediately.
Centre will stay in use
People who are using the Paraparaumu centre will keep doing so, while the council decides what remedial work is needed at Te Newhanga.
Air testing was completed this week.
Council manager James Jefferson say if any centre users do have to move, council staff will help them find alternative venues.
KCDC took over day-to-day operations at the centre last year to get the building up to standard before it awards a new contract to a service operator.
Mr Jefferson says the KCDC will continue regular tests on the walls to deal with what it calls “weather-tightness issues”.
And KCDC Partnerships Manager Janice McDougall says it is clear the council will be managing the centre for longer than originally intended.
In Waikanae, the library will move to the Artel gallery next month.
The current owners of the gallery have relocated their business to Otaki.