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Property News - 14 August 2017

Grant to save landmark building

The home of a landmark Nelson cafe is getting Government help to meet new earthquake strengthening requirements.

The former New Zealand Insurance building in Hardy St that houses Lambretta’s Cafe will receive a $94,700 grant to help meet the estimated $300,000 cost of strengthening work.

The grant is the first to a Nelson building from the Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme, Heritage (EQUIP).

New building laws that came into effect on July 1 this year require either an upgrade or replacement of buildings that pose a significant risk to life in an event of an earthquake.

The new laws mean owners face difficult decisions over whether to carry out costly repairs or potentially demolish their buildings.

Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith, who announced the grant today, said Lambretta’s was one of a number of historic buildings that gave Nelson its character.

The two-storey building is 61 years old and is listed as a category two historic place.

Lambretta’s co-owner Leanne Odey said the core of the popular cafe was fundamentally linked to the historic building.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 7 August 2017)

From church to cafe

The historic church on Haven Rd will be up for rent soon – to become a cafe – after a year’s work turned the ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.

Nelson photographer Jose Cano bought the derelict The Guards Sea Services’ boatsheds and its adjacent historic Mission to Seafarers church two years ago in a bid to renovate and save one of Nelson’s historic buildings.

Cano said the renovated building will now start a new chapter of its life as a cafe, which would be operated by someone other than himself.

Originally set up by boatbuilder Jack Guard in the 1950s, the building was a seafarers chapel, before becoming an upholstery shop and a diesel engine repair workshop.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 7 August 2017)

Residents riled up over 30m setback rule

A new rule that could prevent thousands of Tasman landowners from building within 30 metres of their boundaries is ‘‘reckless and irresponsible,’’ a Golden Bay resident says.

The Tasman District Council has introduced a blanket rule that requires all habitable buildings be setback 30 metres from boundaries in Rural 1 and Rural 2 zones.

Motupipi businessman Terry Knight has been held up for months trying to build worker accommodation on his Te Kiwi distillery and tequila farm.

Council spokesman Chris Choat said he understood zoning was a ‘‘blunt instrument’’ in planning and that some blocks of land were not zoned appropriately.

Although the language sounded complex, Choat said activities permitted in each zone were merely ‘‘triggers for a conversation’’ about whether they would impinge on the land use around it.

The appeal process was ‘‘very normal’’ and they would meet with appellants soon.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 7 August 2017)

Plans for new multi-million dollar hospice building released

Nelson Tasman Hospice needs the community's help in creating a new purpose-built home in Stoke.

The organisation, which is dedicated to caring for those in the region with life-limiting illnesses, has just released plans for a new $11.5 million building.

Work on the biggest project in its 30-year history will start on the Suffolk Road site next month with the building scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

The hospice will be putting $7.5 million towards the project. This includes a mixture of reserves, investments, assets, bequests and donations. Grants and payment-in-kind support is estimated to make up another $1.5 million.

As the hospice receives no government funding towards capital projects, it will be looking for the remaining $2.5 million from the community.

Gibbons Construction, Irving Smith Architects and Canopy Landscape Architects have been working on the project.Proposed NT Hospice

(The Nelson Mail, Nelson Weekly 8 August 2017)

Dam plan gets $7m grant

The Government will stump up $7 million for the proposed $82.5m Waimea dam, if the project gets the green light.

Environment Minister and Nelson MP, Nick Smith, announced the $7m grant yesterday as part of a plan to distribute $44m nationally in the first tranche of funding from the Government’s $100m Freshwater Improvement Fund.

The $7m will go to Tasman District Council over three years for improving water quality and minimum flows in the Waimea River. It is the total amount TDC sought to cover the unfunded ‘‘environmental flow’’ capacity of the proposed dam despite applications for the fund totalling $156m – more than three times the amount that will be allocated.

Smith, a long-time supporter of the dam in the Lee Valley, said it was a ‘‘very strong’’ application from TDC.

Tasman district mayor, Richard Kempthorne, said the decision was ‘‘a huge boost.’’

Until now, TDC has provided the only confirmed capital funding for the dam, with $25m earmarked in its Long Term Plan 2015-25. Other potential funders are Waimea Irrigators Ltd, Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd and Nelson City Council.

Smith said the problem of minimal flows in the lower Waimea River and algae blooms that occurred most summers had to be addressed. ‘‘It is inconsistent with Nelson’s strong environmental brand that water quality gets so bad in summer that it can kill dogs. The only practical solution is the Waimea Community Dam that will store water during high floods and replenish the river during summer.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 9 August 2017)

Golden Bay rec centre 'losing money' over lack of car parks: councillor

The new Golden Bay Recreation Centre should be opened fully despite a shortage of car parks, according to Tasman district councillor Paul Sangster.

‘‘I just think this is ridiculous,’’ Sangster told his fellow councillors on Thursday. ‘‘We’ve built a building, we actually own it ... and we should be using it.’’

In March, TDC issued a partial Certificate of Public Use (CPU) for the recreation centre, which allowed access to parts of the new building.

The council said it could not issue a full CPU because not all of the car parks required by the building consent under the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) were available.

The adjacent grandstand occupies some of the space earmarked for the additional car parks. Its planned demolition has been the subject of court proceedings and a trust set up to save it was last month given three months to complete a restoration programme for the structure.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 12 August 2017)

Thought for the Week

When 'i' is replaced by 'we',
even 'illness' becomes 'wellness'

(Anonymous)