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Property News - 10 July 2017

Drain pain hitting businesses

Frustrated Collingwood residents want a stormwater system fixed that’s causing damage to properties and forcing one business to close after heavy rain.

The Courthouse Cafe owner Kylie Jameson said it had been severely flooded five times in the past year, forcing her to close for three days and costing her business thousands of dollars and hours of labour.

TDC engineer Mike Schruer said upgrading the stormwater system wasn’t on its long-term plan until 2036, however it was looking at bringing it forward into the 2018/2019 long-term plan.

The council is holding a meeting with Collingwood residents on July 21 at the Collingwood Fire Station to discuss the issue.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 3 July 2017)

Stormwater upgrade work gets go-ahead

A long-awaited stormwater upgrade project for Poole St in Motueka looks likely to be completed in 2017-18.

The Tasman District Council engineering services committee on Thursday agreed to recommend to the full council that it bring forward the upgrade construction works, at an estimated cost of $600,000, to the 2017-18 financial year.

The construction was scheduled for the 2018-19 year after being earlier deferred.

The Poole St-High St project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2011-12 with a budget of $1.1 million. However, the High St section only was completed; the rest was deferred.

The work is expected to take five to seven months to complete including design, tender and construction phases.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 3 July 2017)

Burger Fuel silent over Richmond store rumours

A new development at the gateway to Richmond could be home to three new food outlets.

Coman Holdings, which owns the land on the corner of Salisbury and Champion roads and is undertaking the development, is in ‘‘reasonably serious’’ discussions with a number of food chains.

Director Ben Coman said he was optimistic about the discussions, but no agreement has been entered into yet.

There has been speculation that gourmet burger chain Burger Fuel is one of the outlets that is seriously considering setting up shop at the location across from Raeward Fresh.

A source close to the development said there was ‘‘truth’’ to the speculation.

Coman said he wouldn’t like to comment on that yet as it was commercially sensitive.

Coman said the plan was to build two additional retail spaces on the Champion Rd site. Both were ‘‘earmarked’’ for food outlets, he said.

(The Nelson Mail, Tuesday 4 July 2017)

Biking hub gains traction

A proposed new Nelson mountainbiking hub near popular riding tracks is hoped to ease congestion and tension with residents in the Brook.

Plans to build a $140,000, 30-lot car park, toilet and wash-down facility on Andrews Farm Reserve at an entrance to the Codgers Mountain Bike Park will be explored after the Nelson City Council’s sports and recreation committee gave the go ahead.

The reserve, at the end of a single lane, dirt access road off Tantragee Rd, is also the venue for the Whakatu Riding for the Disabled (RDA) group.

The riding group still has concerns about the plan, and a residents’ group has voiced fears at the loss of green space in the area.

However, advocates say the proposal, which needs full council approval and resource consent, will benefit the growing number of mountainbike riders using the park tracks as well as the community.

The committee heard the surge in the number of riders had created traffic congestion and strain on residents along Brook St where riders currently park their cars.

The proposed hub aimed to move those vehicles from the main thoroughfare, a council report said.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 5 July 2017)

Mapua boat ramp plan scuttled by TDC

A proposal to develop a boat ramp at Waterfront Park in Mapua is out of favour with Tasman District Council staff.

In a document on options for the area, to be presented to councillors tomorrow, the suggested development of a boat ramp at Waterfront Park is ‘‘not favoured’’.

Mapua Boat Club proposed the development of a ramp at the park in the wake of a TDC decision in 2015 to restrict vehicle access to the increasingly busy wharf area, which prevents boaties from using their club-built ramp.

Other key areas outlined the document (and the proposed options) are:

  • The area between Golden Bear Brewery and the estuary — maintain the area as public open space with minor improvements.
  • Wharf precinct — a new storage facility for the Tamaha Sea Scouts at Grossi Point; enhanced delineation and design of the shared zone area; sale of TDC’s commercial building interests.
  • Waterfront Park — maintain the status quo with minor upgrades.
  • Remediated land along Tahi St — sale of the commercial-zoned land and partial sale of residential zoned land.
  • Grossi Point Reserve — maintain the status quo; provide boat storage facilities for the sea scouts.

Alternative options are also provided for each key area.

The draft resolution proposes the appointment of the full council to the hearing panel as well as an iwi representative.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 5 July 2017)

Rest home's $18m project starts

Demolition is underway as part of the $18m redevelopment of Nelson’s Green Gables rest home.

Oceania Healthcare announced at the start of the year that Green Gables rest home on Bridge St would close at the end of April, and now it’s a demolition site.

A new facility with 61 care suites and 27 independent living apartments will be built to replace the former rest home. The redevelopment is expected to take two to three years.

(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 6 July 2017)

Boat club 'let down' over ramp

Mapua Boat Club has unfurled its frustration over a council document that does not favour its proposal for a boat ramp at Waterfront Park in Mapua.

Boat club member Martyn Barlow told the Tasman District Council community development committee yesterday that the club was disappointed the Waterfront Park ramp proposal was not a preferred option in a TDC document on the future of the area.

The Mapua Waterfront Area: Options for the Future document was received by the TDC committee and approved for release to the public. A five-week submission period is due to begin tomorrow.

It outlines a series of proposed and alternative options for some key areas of the Mapua waterfront including the space between Golden Bear Brewery and the estuary, the wharf precinct, Waterfront Park, remediated land along Tahi St, Grossi Point Reserve and boat ramp facilities.

The proposed option for boat ramp facilities is a feasibility study for a regional ramp.

The alternative options are an upgrade of the Rough Island ramp, an upgrade of the Grossi Point facilities and the boat club’s suggestion of a ramp at Waterfront Park. However, the document says the Waterfront Park option is ‘‘not favoured’’ by the council.

A hearing panel is scheduled to hear the submissions in August.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 7 July 2017)

Nelson Mail building bought by Gibbons

The Nelson Mail building has been sold, but the region’s news will continue to be produced on site.

Nelson property, development and construction company, Gibbons, yesterday settled the purchase of the building at 15 Bridge St.

‘‘We in fact built the Nelson Mail premises in 1990s and are excited to now own this inner-city landmark property,’’ Gibbons CEO Scott Gibbons said.

‘‘It represents an excellent opportunity to redevelop for superb office suite accommodation and retail right in the heart of Nelson’s CBD.’’

The Nelson Mail has signed a partial leaseback agreement, and will retain a portion of the existing building.

Fairfax Media Nelson regional editor, Victoria Guild, said the leaseback signalled their commitment to journalism in the region and they were pleased to be able to maintain a presence in the building.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 July 2017)

Logging operations put brakes on popular Codgers bike trails

Six weeks of logging operations will put much of the Codgers mountainbike park, including the much-loved Firball trail, out of action.

A number of Brook Valley recreational and tramping tracks will also close while a section of Douglas Fir trees is harvested to minimise the impact of wilding pines.

Access to most of the Nelson City Council-owned side of Codgers will be severely limited or out of bounds from July 17 onwards.

However, the Sharlands trails and Tasman Pines-managed side of Codgers would remain open.

Nelson Mountain Bike Club secretary Paul Jennings said while having limited trails access was ’’not ideal’’, it was a reality of the club’s arrangement that such works would occur.

Council has pledged to reinstate any affected tracks after the logging work is complete. Jennings said the club had put forward a budget for the cost of reinstatement. A specific total was still to be confirmed, given the scale of works.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 July 2017)

Thought for the Week

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

(Antoine de Saint-Exupery)