Tauranga commission’s CBD decisions welcomed
Economic development agency Priority One is applauding a number of key decisions from Tauranga City Council Commission for the city.
These decisions include a $20m investment to overhaul waste services (in partnership with Central Government), a commitment to lease a purpose-built Civic Administration building on Devonport Road, a $47m investment in a new Library & Civic Amenities Building in the CBD and the proposed redevelopment of the Memorial Park pools.
Priority One has been watching the progress with interest and wants to congratulate the commissioners on making “bold, early, good and swift decisions on these key matters for Tauranga”.
“We recognise that these decisions are significant, and they need to be made after careful consideration including canvassing community views and it is inevitable that in some cases the outcomes will not suit everyone,” says Priority One Chair, Simon Clarke.
“However, the Commissioners need to be congratulated for acting swiftly and decisively.
“Tauranga City Council Elected Members have been kicking around a number of options for the last five years.
Simon says indecision over that period has driven uncertainty into the CBD property market which has sent the CBD into a downward spiral.
“The decisions made last week illustrate leadership and help create certainty for other potential developments and downtown retailers.
“The commitments will also hopefully have a cascading effect for others to invest.”
Priority One expects Tauranga City Council will continue to make good progress in the coming months, leading to higher standards of living across our community in the future.
Tauranga City Council is receiving $20.5 million in funding from the Ministry for the Environment.
The funding will enable council to upgrade and future-proof Te Maunga Transfer Station, expand recycling to include number five plastic bottles and containers, and reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste ending up in landfill.
Photo: Tauranga City Council.
As a result of the Te Maunga Transfer Station upgrade, the Maleme Street site will be closed to the public from August 2.
The MfE funding will go towards:
• Kerbside collection bins for 58,000 Tauranga households
• Optical sorting equipment at the Material Recycling Facility
• Upgrading the council’s Te Maunga Transfer Station into a Resource Recovery Park, including a construction and demolition waste recovery plant
Read more here.
Civic Administration building and Willow Street demolition
Negotiations are underway to move Tauranga City Council from its current location on Willow Street to a building to be developed at 90 Devonport Road.
Last week, the Commission agreed to the demolition of the current council building and central library on the Willow Street site.
The current building on Willow Street.
A new civic amenity building incorporating a library and public gathering and research spaces, at an estimated cost of $47 million, will be developed on the Willow Street site.
In a statement released today, Tauranga City Council commissioners have approved the negotiation of lease arrangements for new civic administration premises in a building to be developed at 90 Devonport Road, subject to long term plan community consultation and final decision-making.
Following a detailed analysis of shortlisted development proposals, the Council has selected a preferred partner for the project, which will allow it to consolidate its administration activities in one city centre location, eliminating the inefficiencies involved in staff moving between three separate buildings.
The Commission has also agreed to the demolition of the current council building and central library on the Willow Street site.
The civic building saw its neighbouring headquarters demolished in 2017 following the discovery of toxic mould three years earlier.
At that time, the cost of the entire demolition is understood to have reached around $470,000.
Approval to bring down the remaining structure was on the agenda the March 8 meeting.
Read more here.
Memorial Park pools
Tauranga City Council is proposing to include a $45 million upgrade to the Memorial Park Pools in its Long Term Plan.
The pools, which were built in 1955, are one of a number of community centres across the city up for improvements.
Bay Venues interim chief executive officer Justine Brennan says Memorial Pools are a much loved community aquatic facility, but are the oldest within the network of community pools.
“Bay Venues is really proud to have played a key role in driving the innovative thinking to support the potential redevelopment of Memorial Pool.
“Significant work has been undertaken over the last two years to provide evidence to support the potential redevelopment of the pool and we are excited to see how the project progresses through the long term plan.”
Read more here.