Property News – 17 February 2022

Work starts on Stoke Habitat homes

Habitat for Humanity’s 12 new rent-to-buy homes in Stoke have attracted interest from hundreads of local house hhunters as work kicks off on site.

The multi-house development, which will be built on a section on Main Road Stoke, received building consent two weeks ago and 85 completed applications have been received for the dwellings.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 9 February 2022)

Tākaka’s co-housing project a step closer

With resource consent out of the way, Tākaka’s co-housing neighbourhood is one step closer.

Tākaka Co-housing Neighbourhood’s Ngarie Jones said getting the consent a few weeks ago was cause for celebration. Construction of the 34-home development in Meihana St should start in May, and should take around 18 months.

Signature Homes would build the dwellings, while a local firm would build the site’s community house, which would act as a social and meeting space for the village, Jones said.

Only three or four homes were still available, she said, waiting for residents who shared the community’s ethos of working together and sharing resources and skills.

The Tākaka community was generally supportive and positive about the new development, Jones said.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 9 February 2022)

New private day surgery hospital set to open soon

A new $10 million private day surgery hospital in Richmond will start seeing patients next month.

The second stage of the Lower Queen Street Health hub will receive a Māori blessing this week, as the final touches are being put on the state-of-the-art facility.

The new building is next door to Lower Queen Street Health, which opened about 10 years ago and houses a general practice, a chemist, and several specialist healthcare providers.

Director Ben Castle said the new facility would add to those services, by offering day surgery and an endoscopy suite, operating as Tasman Day Surgery, in partnership with Nelson Day Surgery.

Lower Queen Street Health also owns four neighbouring properties, with plans for a third development stage to extend from the new building to complete the 8000-square-metre hub.

The philosophy was to make healthcare accessible to the community, Castle said.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 9 February 2022)

Road given mayoral title

A road that has been nameless for years has finally been christened with a fitting title.

Popular former mayor of Nelson and Tasman, Kerry Marshall has had his name given to the road cutting through Saxton Field, connecting Richmond to Stoke.

And his surviving wife Colleen Marshall sais it was a very fitting honour for her husband, who died in 2020.

Kerry was elected mayor of Richmond in 1986 for three years, and became the first Tasman District mayor in 1989, serving for nine years. In 2007, he went on to become mayor of Nelson for three years.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 11 February 2022)

Couple convert former cobbler’s shop into ‘smallest motel’

Working nearly fulltime at a preschool and managing three teenagers wasn’t enough: Lisa Hedley wanted a new challenge.

So the Tasman woman and her partner, a beef cattle farmer, bought a vacant former cobbler’s shop in central Nelson and set about transforming it. The concept was to create ‘‘the smallest motel in the world’’.

The former basic 80-squaremetre space now comprises two large bedrooms, a bathroom, and an open-plan kitchen and living space, with a view on to an enclosed courtyard planted with bamboo, punga, and palm trees. A lemon tree and mint have been planted to provide for travellers’ gin and tonics.

The whole footprint is only 130sqm, with the outside areas now covered in decking.

Although the site is tucked near an art gallery and the city’s bus station, it is quiet, thanks to planting and, inside, extra glazing and insulation beyond what the Building Code specifies.

The building is wired for smart technology, with Alexa responding to spoken instructions such as ‘‘Turn off the island lights’’ or ‘‘Set heat pump temperature to 20 degrees’’.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 12 February 2022)

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