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Property News: 12 August 2019

Greenmeadows gaining momentum

As Stoke’s Greenmeadows Centre gains momentum, a range of free classes are being offered to give locals a taste of what’s to come.

The long-awaited community hub finally opened its doors in May after a construction process that was plagued with delays.

But manger Gareth Cashin says the centre’s rooms are now being well utilised with 3,500 users through the centre in August.

“We’ve had lots of bookings for meetings and social gatherings. This is the exciting part – getting people into the spaces.”

Stoke Seniors, Stoke Tennis Club and Stoke Rugby Club are based there, too.

Next week, the centre is offering six free fitness classes through their ‘Step into Spring’ programme.

(The Nelson Weekly, 7 August 2019)

Time ticking to save native reserve

The race is officially on for a trust to raise $350,000 within 12 months so it can purchase a piece of land near Brightwater to gift back to the community.

The Snowden's Bush Trust is a charitable trust created by a group of Brightwater residents who were fearful that 3,500 m2 owned by the Nelson Diocesan Trust was going to be turned into a housing development.

Snowden's Bush covers over five hectares on Waimea West Road and is a rare example of the podocarp forest that once covered much of the area. Crucially, it is one of the last surviving native lowland bush areas of the Waimea Plains.

So, the group of residents set about saving it by buying and donating the land to the Department of Conservation.

On Friday the two trusts signed an agreement to give the community group 12 months to raise the money. Snowden's Bush Trust chair Jeremy Cameron says the occasion marked a formal commitment from the Diocese to give them the time it needed.

(The Nelson Weekly, 7 August 2019)

What happened to the Nelson Plan?

Think of the Nelson Plan as a ‘instruction manual’ for managing how our city grows and develops in the future.

It will prescribe how we manage the growth, development and protection of our built and natural environment, for example, setting limits for subdivision, building height, earthworks or discharging pollutants into waterways.

Our current plans are out-of-date – the operative Nelson regional policy statement and resource management plan were both developed in the 1990s, while the Nelson air quality plan became operative in 2008.

While these plans have been subject to some changes, they have not undergone a full review.

The road to the Nelson Plan has been a long and arduous one, starting in 2014 when council adopted the Nelson 2060 Strategy. This was a non-regulatory, community-led vision for Nelson in 2060, followed by 10 goals to guide council in its development of policy.

(The Nelson Weekly, 7 August 2019)

Nelson home claims six awards

Homes in Stoke, Monaco and Nelson City have claimed regional titles in the House of the Year 2019 awards, winning out over their Marlborough and West Coast competitors.

However, one home – a new build by Scott Construction, which overlooks Nelson’s Christ Church Cathedral – claimed six awards.

Although they didn’t pick up the Supreme Award, Scott Construction also added two more awards to their haul including four of the five lifestyle awards.

The six awards for the central-city home include category and gold awards for the Builders Own Home category as well as Interior Design, Outdoor Living, Craftmanship and Heart of the Home Kitchen Awards.

They also took out category and gold awards in the Multi-Unit (Apartments/Duplexes/Terraces) category for a Stoke build.

The competition is divided into two parts – the first at a regional level, the second at a national level.

The top 100 homes from 10 regional awards will go through to be judged in the national awards, which will be announced in November.

A new home in Monaco, which was built by Dan Anderson Building after the owners decided to demolish their existing home, took out the New Home $1-1.5 million Award.

Mike Greer Homes Nelson claimed the top Volume/Group Housing New Home up to $450k Award for a three-bedroom home in Stoke.

The Supreme New Build Award was won by Inhaus for a home in Richmond.

Judges say the Richmond home, which was also the winner in the New Build $600-750k category, was built with a “fine eye for precision”.

They say the beautifully crafted interior plywood subdividers and ceiling panels as well as cedar weatherboard that frames impressive views of surrounding landscape combined to set the home well above the competition.

“There are a variety of purpose-built rooms consistently well-crafted. The level of perfection shown throughout makes Inhaus a worthy winner.”

A Marsden Valley build by Contemporary Homes won the Show Home category.

(The Nelson Weekly, 7 August 2019)

House prices increase

Nelson city house prices have reached an average of $623,256.

The latest QV figures reveal that residential property prices rose 6.8 per cent in the year to July, but by just 0.3 per cent over the past quarter.

Values in Tasman district have also continued to rise, up 5 per cent year on year, and 1.9 per cent over the past three months. The average value in Tasman is now $609,444.

QV Nelson senior consultant Craig Russell said section prices had continued to rise, and interest rate cuts could add fuel to the market.

Residential values across the country rose by just 0.1 per cent in the last quarter, with the average house price at $687,683.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 9 August 2019)

Arrivederci to the CBD

The owners of Nelson’s specialty wine store are closing up shop, and a new European-style espresso bar is gearing up to take its place.

Casa del Vino co-owner Glenn Cormier said it was no longer viable to keep the wine bar and retail outlet going, especially with the city’s central business district being like a ‘‘ghost town’’ during winter.

‘‘We’re not losing money, but we’re not making enough money to justify all the time and effort,’’ he said.

A combination of rising rents and falling sales has led to dozens of closed and empty shops in Nelson city centre.

Council city centre development programme lead Alan Gray said the council understood that retailers had anxieties about several issues, including rents, vacancies, parking, access, housing, and market competition from online and big-box discount retail in the region.

However, the council was committed to ‘‘taking the necessary steps to ensure we move the city centre forward as a Smart Little City for retail and all of Nelson’’, he said.

Arden Bar and Kitchen, next door to Casa del Vino, will be taking over the space and renaming it Arden Porta Via, Italian for ‘‘takeaway’’.

One scheme the council has announced is a programme called Make/Shift Spaces, which will see it working with landlords and retailers to bring renewed life and colour to the central city.

The scheme will see empty shops filled with vibrant art, music and community projects in an experiment to revitalise the CBD.

The inspiration came from Renew Newcastle, a project which ran for 10 years in Newcastle, New South Wales.

There are eight pilot programmes in Make/Shift Spaces, one of which will see some Nelson Arts Festival events being held in empty shops in October.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 10 August 2019)

Pond debate returns to costly old solution

After four hours of discussion, a two-year-old solution for the 20-year-old Tahunanui Modellers Pond problem is back on the table for Nelson City Council.

A report delivered to the council on Thursday put the final nail in the coffin of the diatomix trials, with a Niwa review of the process saying there were too many variables for the trial to be conclusive. In other words: the diatomix product may be effective in some situations, but did not succeed in reliably clearing the pond of algae or weeds.

So with diatomix dead in the water, the council has decided to return to the solution initially put forward, and eventually discarded due to cost, in 2017.

At the time, it was deemed too expensive at $1.7 million. The cost now could go up to $2.37m.

The solution is to fill in the pond with 1200 cubic metres of concrete, reducing its size and enabling semi-regular flushing with the tides, which in turn would allow the sediment buildup to be cleared, preventing growth of ruppia weed and hopefully preventing the growth of algae.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 10 August 2019)

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