Property News – 2 May 2024

Old Refinery building could be pulled down

About $1.4 million is being set aside to pull down the old Refinery Building in Nelson.

Nelson City Council has budgeted $887,000 to deconstruct the earthquake-prone building at 3 Halifax St, along with $500,000 for an undefined future use of the site.

The budget is included in the draft Long Term Plan, currently out for public feedback, and is set aside for the 2024/25 financial year.

The council says no final decision has been made about whether to strengthen or pull down the building, but a local architect says they should be looking at ways to preserve the 1930s building. The building has been vacant since 2020, when it was closed due to the earthquake risk.

A building is earthquake prone if it meets less than 34% of the New Building Standard (NBS).

The Refinery building was given a rating of less than 15% in 2012.

At the time the building was due for strengthening work over the next two years.

However, the council said the new assessment found more work was required.

The building had been used by the Arts Council Nelson for the Refinery ArtSpace.

(Nelson Mail, 22 April 2024)

Growth plan adopted

A plan setting out Richmond’s growth with a focus on intensification has been approved by Tasman district councillors. The council’s strategy and policy committee adopted the Richmond Spatial Plan that sets out a framework for growth within the existing urban area, while reducing sprawl into the surrounding rural area. Richmond has a predicted growth of 2700 people in the next 10 years, and 6300 people in 30 years. The plan sets out a strategy of higher density housing, but to implement that will require a separate plan change process (Plan Change 81) that will have detailed criteria. That process will be open to public consultation.

(Nelson Mail, 24 April 2024)

Curtain rises on theatre tours

The Theatre Royal’s first toilet from 1878, old lights, wallpaper, and other historical artifacts are just some of the things you can see on one of their new tours.

The one-hour excursions cost just $10 and give the public a glimpse behind the scenes of the 146-year-old theatre and take them through the parts of the building that are not normally accessible.

(Nelson Weekly, 24 April 2024)

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