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Property News: 8 January 2018

Council approves Civic House upgrade

A million dollar upgrade to the first floor of the Nelson City Council building is planned for next year, with further plans to move the council chamber.

At the final full council meeting of the year, councillors approved the $1,036,510 spend on upgrading staff facilities on level one of Civic House.

The upgrade had been planned for some time, with first plans produced in 2008, and several recommendations made to address health and safety of staff.

Concerns included ceiling tiles that weren’t compliant with new earthquake standards and could pose a risk to staff during a seismic event. The lighting was not deemed suitable, nor the heating and cooling systems.

As well as upgrades to these areas, council staff will get new furniture which includes standing desks, a plumbed sink with tea and coffee facilities, improved work and meeting spaces, and managers will get interior office spaces.

The first floor upgrade is part of a wider plan to upgrade the interior of Civic House.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 18 December 2017)

No dam, no apples: orchardist

Orchardist David Easton warns apple growing may go from the Waimea Plains, near Nelson, if a proposed $82.5 million dam doesn’t get the nod.

"Without the dam proceeding, we do not have a viable option other than to cease apple growing," Easton said on Friday during a hearing at Motueka. "What are the consequences of that to all our ratepayers in the Tasman district?"

Easton spoke during the fourth and final day of a Tasman District Council hearing over the controversial Waimea dam project, earmarked for the Lee Valley.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 18 December 2017)

Suburban Club set to close

The demise of the long-running Nelson Suburban Club has been lamented by those who worked, socialised and celebrated important milestones.

Faced with a falling membership and a financial squeeze, the club has announced that it will shut its doors at the end of the year, ending 47 years at its Tahunanui Drive site.

The club formerly had about 5000 members but following the emergence of financial problems in 2013 and talk of extra membership costs, numbers fell to under 3000. Its debt reached $2.7 million as the cost of the 2005 expansion combining with falling poker machine income and lower bar takings took their toll.

After being put up for sale in December 2015, a division of Nelson group Gibbons Holdings purchased the club and its large commercial site in March with plans to develop the building as a Tahunanui retail hub.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 20 December 2017)

Andrews Farm recreation hub gets $135k leg up

The cash cogs have slipped into another gear for Nelson’s Andrews Farm recreation hub.

The proposed mountain biking hub in the Brook Valley has been awarded $135,000, or 50 per cent of the total cost of the project.

A joint application by Nelson City Council, the Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA) and the Nelson Mountain Bike Club has been successful in attracting a grant from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The hub will include car parks for 30 vehicles, toilets, signage, and a bike wash-down along with access improvements.

Work on the structure of the car park has already begun with the construction of the toilets and other work starting in the New Year.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 20 December 2017)

Salisbury School gets best early present

The long battle to save Salisbury School, near Nelson, is won.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins yesterday delivered an early Christmas present to the team at the only national single-sex residential school for girls with intellectual disabilities.

"I have agreed to end the closure process started in June 2016 by the previous government," Hipkins said.

"Salisbury School has been informed of this via letter and email, providing them with certainty leading into the Christmas break."

A pleased board of trustees chairman John Kane said the announcement formally closed what had been a prolonged and difficult process that went back to 2012 when former Education Minister Hekia Parata first attempted to close the school but lost the fight in the High Court.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 22 December 2017)

House values soar across Tasman

Residential house values have risen across Tasman district but the percentage hikes have been larger in areas around top-priced Richmond, with Motueka and Tapawera leading the way.

Quotable Value (QV) rating valuations show the value of the average dwelling at Motueka climbed 33.2 per cent over the three years to September 1, to reach $488,000.

Tapawera was not far behind with a percentage increase of 32.6 per cent taking the average value for a dwelling to $311,000 as at September 1.

Brightwater and Wakefield properties also recorded strong growth in values. Both towns had a 30.6 per cent rise in the value of an average dwelling, reaching $541,000 and $490,000 respectively.

At $564,000, Richmond took top honours for having the highest average dwelling value on a QV table as at September 1. That represented a 30 per cent rise since September 1, 2014.

Property owners should receive a 2017 Notice of Rating Valuation with an updated rating value for their property. If they do not agree, they can lodge an objection until February 9.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 29 December 2017)

Engineer slams dam as 'high risk'

Water resource engineer Dr Mike Harvey says the proposed Waimea dam is a high-risk project.

"My biggest concern with the Waimea dam project: I don’t believe that the costs have been really worked out for this dam," he said. "As a ratepayer, I’m concerned about that ... because it’s under designed, it’s under costed."

Harvey said his speciality was rivers and his role for the US projects had focused on sedimentation including the likely effects of the absence of sedimentation on the rivers below the proposed dams.

"I see numbers in there that don’t reflect the seismic reality. I would be very loath to build a dam in that location."

The construction estimate for the dam is $50m.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 29 December 2017)

Toad Hall gets a new lease of life

The popular Motueka cafe Toad Hall has been given a facelift.

Its new look includes a fresh colour scheme, rebranding, a stage, an on-site brewery and the Tap Room, selling local brews to take away.

The revamped paintwork has brought the building out of rustic and into a contemporary look while still keeping the same charm inside.

Toad Hall has been through some changes since it started as a Motueka school house in the 1850s, including being a Salvation Army hall.

It was purchased by St Thomas’ Church, with the name TOAD Hall coming from The Old Anglican Diocesan Hall.

Its business life began by selling produce and ice creams until Morris and her husband bought the place in 2007.

The upgrade isn’t just for the adults. The playground is set to see some changes in early 2018 with an old Toad Hall feature making an appearance.

Morris said one of the most difficult things was removing their mascot.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 29 December 2017)

Townhouse development for Richmond

The planned development of six two-storey townhouses on a site at Richmond breaks new territory, says a real estate agent.

Earmarked for a high-profile site on the corner of Arbor-Lea Ave and Salisbury Rd that houses a former vet clinic and cattery, the six proposed three-bedroom homes are to range in size from about 176 square metres to 183 square metres including an upstairs deck for each townhouse.

The development involves two-storey units arranged in three blocks of two attached townhouses.

Two on-site car parks are planned for each unit including an internal single garage.

Land use, subdivision and discharge consents were granted to construct the six-unit development following a commissioner hearing in October.

News of the Arbor-Lea development comes as further submissions closed on the council’s proposed rule changes to encourage higher-density housing in central Richmond.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 29 December 2017)

Levy shock hits home builders

Sue and Peter Cederman probably shouldn’t buy a lottery ticket any time soon.

The Cedermans bought the "beautiful" section for their new home in 2014 via a real estate agent, not realising it carried liability for development contributions. That liability was triggered by their application to Tasman District Council for a building consent and was just shy of $20,000.

Council environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King conceded there could be some other sections for which development contributions would be triggered once a building consent was lodged.

The title for the Cedermans’ section was created on January 21, 1997 – seven months after the council introduced development levies on July 1, 1996.

An exemption for first dwellings built on a site or a 33 per cent discount for some services applied between 1996 and July 1, 2012 when the policy was changed again to remove those reductions.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 1 January 2018)

Dovedale upgrade in pipeline

Users of the Dovedale Rural Water Scheme, near Nelson, may face some hefty costs for an upgrade of the system.

Tasman District Council engineering services manager Richard Kirby said options for improvement would soon be put to the community including the possibility of a bore with a treatment plant that could cost $3.2 million.

The Dovedale scheme, which services Upper Moutere, supplies an estimated 450 people. It has a moratorium on new connections and a permanent "boil water" notice in place.

Kirby in December said $21m to $22m had been earmarked in the draft Long Term Plan 2018-28 to bring all 17 Tasman district schemes up to the standards.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 6 January 2018)

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