Property News – 1 February 2024

Building options pondered in a new business report

Whether to combine Civic House and the library is expected to be considered in a new business case.

The high-level report will be presented at a summit in March focusing on Nelson’s CBD.

A Nelson City Council draft Property Activity Management Plan 2023-2043, adopted by the council in November, reported that a business case had been commissioned to “decide on options for Civic House”.

“One of the options within that business case will likely consider the strategic advantages and disadvantages of merging council staff accommodation facilities with a community hub and library facility, as a combined development,” the plan stated.

In 2022, it was revealed that both Civic House and the Elma Turner Library were earthquake-prone. In September of that year, then chief executive Pat Dougherty told councillors there was a “reasonable chance” Civic House would need to move, with the council looking at a refurbishment cost of $25.6 million.

(Nelson Mail, 22 January 2024)

Cycling rest stop opens up on Tasman’s Great Taste Cycle Trail

A new rest stop with all the trimmings is like a mirage for cyclists peddling down Tasman’s Great Taste Cycle Trail, its creator says.

Lublow’s Leap, a recently opened rest stop in Baton Valley, was designed to bring a moment of peace and tranquillity to cyclists heading down the Tasman trail’s path.

Tucked away between Tapawera and Ngātīmoti on Baton Valley Rd, dozens of keen riders rode out to welcome its opening on January 13, enjoying the chance for a break and a treat, co-owner Fiona Lublow said. “It is quite special. It’s been really good, we had the big opening on Saturday and there was about 80 odd people there, so I think it’s been really positive for the area.”

(Nelson Mail, 22 January 2024)

New supermarket planned for Nelson Junction

Nelson’s big box retail development could be home to a new supermarket in 2025.

Development company Gibbons has applied for resource consent to build a new 4000m² Woolworths supermarket at its Nelson Junction development, which is already home to Mitre 10 and The Speights Ale House.

Other retailers heading to new stores at the site include Bed Bath and Beyond, The Mountain Warehouse, Hunting and Fishing, BedsRus and Aki Sushi.

The move to build a supermarket at the site comes after Nelson City Council in December approved a plan change to allow supermarket developments at the site.

(Nelson Mail, 24 January 2024)

Waimea Rd apartments on track for late 2024 completion

Construction of a three-storey apartment block on Waimea Rd is on track to be finished by the end of 2024.

Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities is working with developer JV Properties Limited on the development, which will provide 29 one-bedroom homes for those in need.

(Nelson Weekly, 24 January 2024)

‘Dismayed’: FreshChoice closing after 66 years

Fresh Choice Richmond is closing its doors after 66 years.

The Watson family announced the closure on social media on Wednesday evening, stating the store’s last day would be March 17.

The supermarket is owned by Gary and Lisa Watson, who have run the business since 2003, continuing the legacy started by Gary’s grandparents, Ivan and Lyalla Watson, who opened Richmond Super Discount in 1957 on the corner of Queen and Cambridge streets.

(Nelson Mail, 26 January 2024)

Reservoir reaches full capacity, water flowing

The reservoir behind the Waimea Dam, Te Kurawai o Pūhanga, has reached full capacity and water has started flowing down the spillway.

Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott said this was a “momentous milestone”, and those working on the dam were “very pleased” that it was essentially nearing completion.

Rain last week and over Christmas was a “pleasant surprise”, and so the reservoir filled a bit sooner than was thought at the time, he said.

“It’s been a very big, difficult and challenging project for a small region, and I appreciate the support of the shareholders and the ratepayers. We now have water security.”

(Nelson Mail, 26 January 2024)

Water restrictions

Stage 1 and 2 water restrictions are continuing for water consent holders, the Tasman District Council says. But, a weather eye is being kept on the declining groundwater levels in the Moutere Eastern zone. Stage 1 restrictions – a 20% reduction in weekly water usage – will continue in the Dovedale and Motupiko management zones, including the Rainy River area. Groundwater levels in the Moutere Eastern Groundwater zone have continued to decline, requiring Stage 2 restrictions – a 35% cut in weekly water use – to remain in place. If the Moutere Eastern continues to decline it is likely the council will consider Stage 3 next week. “No other water management zones are subject to restrictions at this stage, but we encourage a water-wise approach to usage across the district,” the council said. Recent rain has provided some assistance across the district, it said.

(Nelson Mail, 27 January 2024)

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