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Property News - 11 November 2019

Fire ravages Masonic hall

The Nelson Masonic Hall has been significantly damaged by fire, destroying irreplaceable memorabilia and records.

A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesman said the alarm was raised at 9.50 pm on Monday, with reports that the hall on Nile St was well ablaze. No-one was injured, and the fire did not threaten other buildings.

Six fire engines were at the scene, with crews from Nelson, Stoke and Richmond fighting the blaze.

Yesterday morning, the building’s charred interior revealing the extent of the damage to the foyer and meeting rooms, with a number of books and items thought to have been lost.

As well as several local Masonic lodges, the Nile St hall is used by community groups, including the Nelson Historical Society and the Kahurangi Irish Dancing Group.

Freemasons who formerly used the 130-year-old Masonic Temple on Collingwood St, which was recently sold, relocated to the Nile St lodge last month.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 6 November 2019)

Apartment projects changing housing landscape

Proponents of new multimillion-dollar apartment projects in Nelson say they are helping spur a change in perception about inner-city living and how it might solve some of the region’s housing issues.

Betts Apartments on Nile St have just opened, creating a model that Nelson City Council says could form the basis of more developments like it. The three-and-a-half-year project saw a council-owned carpark sold and turned into a 17-apartment complex ranging from $800,000 to $1.8 million.

(The Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 6 November 2019)

Work imminent on Waimea Rd lights

An anticipated new intersection and associated traffic lights at Waimea Rd is expected to be operational in the next six months, with construction of the associated $125 million lifestyle retirement village to follow closely behind.

The work is happening near Station Reserve, 350m north of Beatson Rd, for a new road that will provide access to the Tasman Heights subdivision and Coastal Views Lifestyle Village.

Communications manager at Nelson City Council, Paul Shattock, says work on the road is already underway and the intersection upgrade, including the traffic signals, are anticipated to be completed by June 2020.

(The Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 6 November 2019)

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