Property News – 14 February 2024

Burst pipe closes Riverside Pool

A burst water pipe at Nelson’s Riverside Pool at the weekend has shut the facility until Friday, as the council works to repair and replace vital equipment.

The pool was initially closed after the pipe burst and flooded the room housing the pool circulation equipment. Power was shut off as a precaution.

Nelson City Council community services group manager Andrew White said power was restored to the building on Sunday, and the fitness centre was able to reopen and operate as usual.

However, as pool circulation equipment was damaged, the pool itself was not expected to reopen until Friday.

(Nelson Mail, 7 February 2024)

Yacht club needs $500k to fix earthquake issues

New Zealand’s oldest yacht club needs to raise $500,000 by July to fix earthquake issues in the building.

About two years ago, the Nelson Yacht Club commissioned an assessment that discovered the building was likely to be rated at less than 34% of the national building standard (NBS). This would make it earthquake-prone.

Rather than waiting for a detailed assessment, the club decided to push on with repairs, club manager Tim Fraser-Harris said.

(Nelson Mail, 7 February 2024)

Construction will begin this year at the New World site

Richmond’s proposed New World supermarket at Three Brothers’ Corner will get underway this year and is expected to be completed in 2025.

Foodstuffs South Island head of property strategy, Rebecca Parish, says consenting work is progressing with the Tasman District Council and preparations are being made for site works. Construction is scheduled to begin in the second half of this year and is due to be completed next year.

The company has owned the 1.64ha site on the corner of Bateup Rd and Gladstone Rd since 2007 and was granted consent in 2016 for a 4,000 square meter supermarket and two retail tenancies.

(Waimea Weekly, 7 February 2024)

‘I just have to take it’ says Pascoe St business owner

“I just have to take it,” is the reaction of a business owner who says the yellow lining of a section of Pascoe St will most likely spell the end of her business.

Work is beginning this week to upgrade a Pascoe St entrance that will provide a second access to Mitre 10 and The Junction and accommodate the increase in the number of vehicles accessing new businesses and shops in the development.

The accessway is currently used by heavy vehicles servicing Mitre 10 but an upgrade is required as part of a historical resource consent that was issued to Catal Developments Limited, the original developers of the site, in 2008.

(Nelson Weekly, 7 February 2024)

Council declines to forgive NCMA debt

The Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA) will have to keep repaying its loan to Nelson City Council after the council decided not to consult on writing-off the organisation’s debt.

An extra $1 million was loaned to the NCMA by the council after its earthquake strengthening works and upgrade, completed in 2018, blew budget because of the intricacies of restoring heritage buildings.

The NCMA is paying the interest-free loan back at a rate of $33,000 per year with $730,000 remaining outstanding.

(Nelson Weekly, 7 February 2024)

Fire cause believed to be vehicle contact with road – forestry boss

The ongoing forest fire in Lee Valley is believed to have been caused by a vehicle making contact with the road, a forestry boss says.

Tasman Pine Forest executive director Steve Chandler said he understood that “sparks coming from some sort of metal contact with the road” from a vehicle created the fires along the road edge.

While an investigation would take place, it was possible a vehicle chain had dragged on the road, he said.

Chandler said the fire spread from the public road into the forest. Nine hectares had been burnt, he said, but Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) hoped to have the fire contained by the end of the Thursday.

Compared with the Pigeon Valley fire, which was five years ago almost to the day, the Lee Valley fire was “minor”.

It was in young pines around 10 years old, so was not of “great monetary consequence”. However, the potential for it to get worse with existing conditions was the “big concern”.

(Nelson Mail, 9 February 2024)

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