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Property News: 10 June 2019

Mapua water work set to start

A long-awaited multimillion-dollar upgrade of the water and wastewater systems at Mapua, near Nelson, is set to get under way in June.

Donaldson Civil has been awarded the contract by Tasman District Council to complete the $6.2 million project, which includes replacement of the existing pipeline with a new, larger water main and an upgrade of the wastewater system.

Tipped to start mid-June, the project is expected to take more than a year to complete, finishing at the end of 2020. However, the work is scheduled to stop in December and not resume until mid-April.

In addition, the wastewater pump station at 72 Stafford Drive will be refurbished along with an upgrade of the pump station at 102 Aranui Rd.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 27 May 2019)

New library needs novel ideas

There’s a shakeup in Nelson’s libraries, as both the Elma Turner and the Stoke library are in for redevelopment or renovation.

Community services committee chair Gaile Noonan said the redevelopment of Elma Turner Library was something the community was already giving feedback on informally, and invited people to make submissions or suggestions to the council.

The redevelopment was put on the books last year, with $14.9 million budgeted in the Nelson City Council (NCC) long term plan. The project is now entering preliminary stages of planning.

Noonan said she had been visiting various libraries on her own holidays and ‘‘taking some ideas’’, along with suggestions from the public.

‘‘Quite a few people want a cafe. [The council] probably wouldn’t want to be competing too much with local businesses, but it’s possible.’’

She said several people had suggested taking inspiration from the Christchurch and Picton libraries.

The space next door to the Elma Turner Library, formerly the Mediterranean Foods warehouse, was also up for grabs in the redevelopment, being owned by the council since 2006.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 May 2019)

City retail plan on back burner

A major retail development proposed in central Nelson has been withdrawn, after an anchor tenant backed out.

Cephas Property proposed a ‘‘mixed-use urban precinct’’ that would incorporate 2425 square metres of the Wakatu Square car park it wanted to buy from the Nelson City Council. The development would link with existing Cephas-owned retail and office space on Bridge and Trafalgar streets.

In a statement, the company said it was in advanced discussions with Farmers to be an anchor tenant in the project, but Farmers had now halted negotiations.

‘‘It is on this basis that Cephas has withdrawn the proposal in its current form,’’ Cephas said.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 31 May 2019)

Sounds home, school revamp and control tower wow judges

This year’s NZIA Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards include three Housing Award winners, among them Ngahere Hou, a holiday home on a hard-to-access site in Kenepuru Sound, designed by Tennent+Brown Architects.

A series of three Nelson terrace houses wrapped in perforated aluminium and with private rooftop areas has won the sole Housing Multi-unit Award. The Redbox Architects project showed how ‘‘all the desirable aspects of suburban living might be transferred to an urban environment’’, the jury said.

Other winners include two awards, Heritage and Education, for Nelson’s School of Music (now part of the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts).

The jury said Studio Pacific Architecture, which previously designed a control tower for Wellington Airport as well as the main building at Nelson Airport, met all the pragmatic requirement of the building type while also rising to greater design heights. ‘‘The six-level structure is a sculpted and tapered sentinel that stands proudly in the airfield surrounds.’’

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 31 May 2019)

Rethink backs Hope housing plan

A special housing area proposed for Hope will get a shot at approval, after Tasman district councillors reversed an earlier decision.

It is the second time this term that councillors have rescinded a resolution and voted again on an issue. The first instance was in September, when they revisited an earlier ‘‘no’’ decision on the Waimea dam and voted to proceed with the multimillion-dollar project.

This time, it means the council will now recommend to the minister of housing and urban development that a special housing area (SHA) be established on 3.67 hectares of Rural 1-zoned land off Main Rd Hope.

Submitted by Jason and Ange Mudgway, the SHA application is for a proposed residential subdivision of 40 to 47 lots at 115 Main Rd Hope. Access to the subdivision would be off White Rd.

Mudgway said sections would range from $240,000 to $290,000 in price, and from about 450 to 697 square metres in size. Building a home might lift the overall price to about $440,000.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 1 June 2019)

Green light to reinstate rocks

Landowners in the Golden Bay settlement of Pakawau are allowed to reposition scattered rocks in front of their properties as they try to battle ongoing erosion from the sea.

The Pakawau Coastal Residents Association asked Tasman District Council to agree to the move following an independent commissioner’s decision to refuse resource consent for a proposed rockwall on council-owned esplanade reserve land.

Council chief executive Janine Dowding last week told councillors some of the rocks had been moved during beach replenishment work.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 7 June 2019)

Retirement village takes shape

The first homes have been handed over in the $130 million Arvida Group retirement village under construction at Richmond West, near Nelson.

Arvida marketing and sales general manager Tristan Saunders was on site yesterday at the Waimea Plains village for the handover from the construction team of the properties, which will become showhomes that are due to open in July.

They are the first of 12 townhouses and 26 villas in stage one of the development, which is due to have about 180 homes eventually as well as care suites, a clubhouse, pool, spa, gym and retail precinct.

The team at the village expect to be welcoming the first residents from October.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 7 June 2019)

Gravity gets winery on the up again

A Tasman district winery has been given a new lease on life, producing wine from across the country in a bid to become an industry and tourism showcase.

The former Mahana Estates winery will soon produce pinot noir from four of New Zealand’s best wine-growing regions.

The winery was purchased by KiwiSaver fund provider Booster earlier this year. It was was placed in receivership last year following a drawn-out legal dispute between its owner, former United States casino executive Glenn Schaeffer, and two US investors.

Booster managing director Allan Yeo said the vision for the site, which would be known as Gravity, was for it to become a focal point for tourism.

It would be the head office for the group, with a plan to reopen a cellar door and restaurant at the site before the end of the year.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 June 2019)

Permanent closer of upper Trafalgar St on the table again

Closing Nelson’s upper Trafalgar St to traffic permanently could cost $250,000.

The Nelson City Council will vote on whether to make the section of Trafalgar St pedestrian-only at a meeting on June 20.

However, on Thursday it voted to provisionally put aside $250,000 in its Long Term Plan in case the closure went ahead.

Upper Trafalgar St has been shut to traffic for the past two summers, after years of lobbying to make into a pedestrian-only area. It has become a popular hospitality precinct with widespread public support.

Council chief executive Pat Dougherty said the issue would come to the council late next month, but he had already read the report and ‘‘thought it prudent’’ to bring up the provisional funding during the approval of the annual budget.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 8 June 2019)

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