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Property News - 23 June 2021

Motels become emergency homes

Nelson motels have been transformed into emergency accommodation as the city's housing crisis deepens in the aftermath of Covid-19's impact.

Data obtained under the Official Information Act shows that the number of people in emergency housing has jumped almost a third in 18 months - from 171 in December 2019 to 253 in April. In March 2017 there were only 53 on the register.

There have also been 22 commercial accommodation operations that have housed emergency housing clients through Work and Income over that time.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 16 June 2021)

Nelson's lost projects: Church Street

In mid-2016, the city's push to transform Church St into a vibrant, outdoor dining hub appeared to be gaining significant traction.

Plans were developed, businesses were enthusiastic, Nelson City councillors were unanimously onboard with the proposal.

However, after two years of planning, a significant budget-blowout caused the project to fall off the council's priority list and on the backburner.

The upgrade was to breathe new life into the lane, which is home to Kush Coffee, East St Cafe and Nicola's Cantina. It was known colloquially as the "Bohemian Quarter".

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 16 June 2021)

Property prices hit record

Out-of-town buyers, high-value properties and low levels of stock are pushing up property prices at the top of the South Island.

New figures released by The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) yesterday show that median property price in the Tasman region hit $850,000 in May – up almost $150,000 on the same month last year.

The growth was one of the five biggest in the country, which saw the national median jump 32.3 per cent, from $620,000 last year to $820,000.

Nelson was up to $700,750 from $580,000 a year ago, and Marlborough was sitting at $650,000, up from $490,000.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 16 June 2021)

Stoke Youth Park plan comes up for approval

Features such as a basketball court, skatepark and climbing tower have all been included in the plan for a new youth park in Stoke.

The designs for the long-awaited Stoke Youth Park have been completed, with the Nelson City Council set to make a decision on the project at a meeting of the community and recreation committee tomorrow.

If the master plan is approved without any further modifications, construction on the park will be able to begin before the end of the financial year.

Work on the park’s design has been ongoing since March, when the council settled on a location for it – in what is currently the car park next to Stoke Memorial Hall on Main Rd Stoke.

About $610,000 had already been allocated for the development of the park through the 2018-28 Long Term Plan.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 16 June 2021)

KFC outlet earmarked for vacant Richmond site

KFC may soon open a new store in Richmond.

Tinline Properties Ltd, which owns Richmond Mall, has applied to the Tasman District Council for a land use consent to construct a KFC outlet on a vacant site at 26-28 Talbot St.

The application outlines a proposal to build a KFC with a gross floor area of 250 square metres, 28 parking spaces, and a drive-through wrapping around the rear of the building with ‘‘queueing capacity for seven spaces’’.

Tinline chief executive Jamie Gaskell declined to comment further at this stage. A KFC spokesman said negotiations were still under way.

Some work has started on the 2048-square metre site, after Tinline received consent in late May for the removal of contaminated soil at the two properties.

Council resource scientist Anna MacKenzie confirmed that 26 and 28 Talbot St were on the Tasman Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) register because they adjoined the site of a former timber treatment facility.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 18 June 2021)

Extra dam funds ‘not expected’

The Nelson City Council is poised to pay a long-agreed $5 million contribution towards the overbudget Waimea Community Dam project – and not a penny more.

Under construction in the Lee Valley, about 36 kilometres southeast of Nelson, the dam is a joint venture project between the Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd, with contributions from central Government and the $5m grant from the city council.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 18 June 2021)

Controversial sale of gifted house proceeds

Negotiations are under way on the controversial sale of a school building, described as a ‘‘betrayal’’ by the woman who gifted it.

Nelson College for Girls’ foundation trust said it was negotiating with one party on the sale of Bronte House, after the tender process closed on June 9.

The trust became the owner of the century-old house after Judith Lenart renovated the building and gifted it to the school 20 years ago, to help the college deliver an integrated learning programme.

The trust said the premises, next to the school, had become a liability, with Ministry of Education funding not available for a learning centre off campus.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 18 June 2021)