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Property News: 3 December 2019

New underpass to cost extra

The Nelson City Council has been asked to stump up more money towards the new intersection on Waimea Rd.

The first quarterly report for the infrastructure committee included an update on the new road connecting to Waimea Rd from a retirement village development on Princes Drive, with a request for ‘‘additional funding of $89,000’’ to go towards the Railway Reserve underpass.

The underpass was made necessary by the new road connecting the $125 million Coastal Views Lifestyle Village development to Waimea Rd.

A condition of the consent is that the developers will pay for the traffic light-controlled intersection, but the council will pay for the work necessary to keep the Railway Reserve pedestrian friendly.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 25 November 2019)

Helicopter house gets a permanent home

Finding the land has proven easier this time around – now the organisers of this year’s Mitre 10 Mega Helicopter House Build are hoping for an equally easy ride to find a buyer.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust has secured a section for its soon-to-be auctioned house – in the Marsden Park subdivision, near Stoke.

Measuring 740 square metres with a certified building platform of 260sqm, the Huntaway Close section was selling for $339,000. Located in a cul-de-sac with panoramic views of the Western Ranges, the site is close to a walking and cycle track that meets up with the Montebello village on the other side of the hill.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 25 November 2019)

Bateup Rd work far from finished

It will be September 25 next year before the Bateup Rd upgrade project in Richmond is signed off – and then only if all defects are ‘‘100 per cent complete’’.

Tasman District Council programme delivery manager Russell McGuigan said the final construction cost was estimated to be $3.9 million, though the contractor – Higgins – had yet to submit a final claim.

That estimate is above the $3.6m budgeted cost, but the council did increase the scope of work during the project, which finished months behind the original scheduled March end date.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 27 November 2019)

Camping hub plan opposed

A proposed freedom camping hub at a popular Nelson beach this summer is under fire from residents and a neighbouring campground.

The proposed daytime hub at a Tahunanui Back Beach carpark would offer free wifi as well as laundry, shower, and toilet facilities. It would be funded from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF).

The Nelson City Council applied for a slice of the $8 million fund, and was granted $256,878 to pay for a temporary toilet and washroom hub, waste management and recycling; an ‘‘ambassador’’ to offer advice on overnight camping sites and activities; and educational materials.

The council has proposed to have the hub for the peak three months of summer in the carpark beside the Tahunanui roller skating rink.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 29 November 2019)

Clothing store finds a new home in CBD

Nelson’s SaveMart store is set for a change of scenery this summer.

The recycled clothing store is moving out of its industrial location in Quarantine Rd in Annesbrook, and into the heart of the Nelson CBD.

From December 4, SaveMart will be setting up shop in Trafalgar St, in the former Beds’R’Us store site.

Nelson SaveMart team leader Leigh Scott said it was an exciting opportunity to move into a dedicated retail space.

Once SaveMart’s stock was transferred to the new building, the old site on Quarantine Rd would close down, with MOVE Logistics set to take over the building, Morris said.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 29 November 2019)

Charity saves disabled tenant from eviction

A disabled Nelson woman is breathing a sigh of relief at the news that she won’t have to leave her home.

Rebekah Smith, who uses a wheelchair, had been given notice at her rental property and was struggling to find any accessible houses in Nelson to either buy or rent.

However, the non-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity has bought the house specifically for Smith to live in for as long as she wants to be there.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 29 November 2019)

Backlash sees freedom camping hub plan dropped

A freedom camping service hub has been ruled out at Tahunanui after public push-back.

In a statement, the Nelson City Council said the spot initially proposed, in the carpark beside the roller skating rink, was not going to be in the running any more after it heard ‘‘feedback’’ at a meeting on Wednesday.

Tahunanui Business Association chair and former Nelson City deputy mayor Paul Matheson said the suggestion to put the hub in Tahunanui was ‘‘asking for a big kick in the pants’’.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 30 November 2019)

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