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Property News: 25th August 2015

Wearable Art Comes Up Trumps For Suter

A ‘‘substantial amount of money’’ given to Nelson’s Suter Art Gallery could see a new artwork on the walls of the refurbished gallery for the opening exhibition.

The Wearable Art Development Trust gave $12,900 to the gallery on Tuesday, ending the wind up process of the charitable organisation.

The trust was set up to buy garments for the Wearable Arts Museum when it first opened, but trust chairman Kerry Marshall said the growth of the organisation meant it was no longer needed.

The money donated mostly came from garments sold to the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum and the Suter was chosen as the ‘‘obvious choice’’ of beneficiary at the trust’s AGM last year.

Suter Art Gallery chairman Craig Potton said the donation was ‘‘totally wonderful’’ and he hoped it could go towards buying artworks as well as redevelopment of the gallery.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday, August 19, 2015)

Grand Old Trathen Building To Come Down

The ornate old Trathen’s building in Nelson’s CBD is to come down and be replaced by a multimillion dollar two-storey complex with outdoor dining upstairs

Announcing this today, Trathen Properties chief executive Michelle Trathen said the family had ‘‘poured heart and soul’’ into finding the best solution, ‘‘not only for us but for the future of our home town’’.

Built in the early 1920s by Ben Trathen senior, the building has the most stylish facade in Trafalgar St but has a national building standard rating of only 6 per cent, making it an extremely high earthquake risk.

The proposed new building was expected to cost about $2.38m and would feature two restaurant-cafes with outdoor dining on the upper level, extending over the footpath. Solar panels would serve as shade covers for those areas and power a lift and an escalator.

(The Nelson Mail, Thursday, August 20, 2015)

No Cost Relief In Sight For Council

New toilets in Millers Acre car park could come with a $400,000 price tag if the council gives them the go-ahead.

Nelson City Council has set aside $36,000 this financial year to look into whether new toilets are needed in the central car park and a further $360,000 in the following year to allow for any work deemed necessary.

Currently there are four toilets, between the Nelson i-Site and River Kitchen cafe – two for men and two for women.

(The Nelson Mail, Thursday, August 20, 2015)

School's Commerce Block Officially Opened

A new $1.5 million building for enterprising Nelson College students will lead to national successes, Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith says.

Smith officially opened a new two storey building at the Nelson College campus on Thursday – it’s the new home for the school’s commerce subjects.

Deputy principal Tim Tucker said the building took about eight months to build, and had been in use since the start of this term. It was paid for by the Ministry of Education.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday, August 21, 2015)

Thought For The Week

The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.