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Tauranga commission’s CBD decisions welcomed

The commissioners have made a number of decision regarding the future of Tauranga CBD recently.

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.

Waste Investment

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.

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@ Informed.........

Posted on 27-03-2021 20:40 | By groutby

...although this is clearly debatable...but look, I am sorry to know you must have had such an upbringing from people older than yourself to dislike them so much, but I do understand there are organisations you can go to get assistance with the issue. We can only hope such people hang their heads in shame and have not expected unrealistic values from you such as: getting a job, being responsible and being a caring human, and as ’boomers’ should be aware that there is no requirement for that, at least in ’your’ world. But, the news gets worse for you, one day my friend, you get old ( the modern terminology appears to be ’boomer’) I wonder what it will be in just a few years?..as yes, if you have no time, patience or care now, imagine what it will be like then for you?..imagine...

In defense of Boomers.

Posted on 26-03-2021 14:24 | By morepork

Boomers grew up in a different culture where there was respect for people, and things like "other people’s money" and "duty of care" were sacrosanct. Public service meant exactly that; you were there to help people and not for your own aggrandizement, or to get as many boondoggles at someone else’s expense as you could. There was responsibility, and people being prepared to take it and fix their mistakes. But in 60 years, things have changed and the world is different. (Maybe better and maybe worse...) "Informed" should not be worried by the perceived negativity here. It is a normal result of people who had values instilled in them, seeing those values being overturned and ignored. Most of us are actually positive, and there is no doubt that we care passionately about our City.

Tom Ranger

Posted on 26-03-2021 12:00 | By

@Yadick. I like boomers. They have experience and the associated wisdom which younger generations just don’t have. I also believe they are more likely to understand political issues which have affected them in the past and see them coming a mile away when they are proposed again. To dismiss them as part of the problem is a clear lack of awareness. They lived the best they could according to the law of the time. So who is at fault? Boomers? Or The govt? Is it their fault? Or the govts? To me...Anyone would be crazy to just blindly trust people in positions of power. These people get put in the front-line during war. Make of that what you want.

Council - Destroy and rebuild

Posted on 25-03-2021 21:49 | By

So at massive cost, council has destroyed: Council building Phoenix car park Greerton traffic flow CBD shops Harrington st car park Greerton library A Residents referendum vetoed central library destruction and rebuild. Why is this going ahead ?

Boomers

Posted on 25-03-2021 12:08 | By Kancho

Yes well boomers have been paying taxes and rates for a very long time . In spite of Tauranga being a high rate town growth has outstripped infrastructure. So pointing out that core services have been neglected and rates being wasted on big mistakes shouldn’t be surprising. Council squabbling and indecsions hasn’t helped. I’m happy government is chipping in as we are still near insolvent as Tenby said . There will be big increases in rates and rubbish collection and landlord pressures so therefore rents will also increase. My increase calculates about $ 490 and will increase year on year. So some priority clear thinking and value for money isn’t to much to ask

@ Informed

Posted on 25-03-2021 07:55 | By

Why are you hating on the boomers and complaining so much :-)

@ let's get real

Posted on 25-03-2021 07:17 | By Kancho

Well one of the commissioners was chairman of Smartgrowth when growth burgeoned at yet we have failing infrastructure of water supply, traffic standstill and Maleme transfer station permanent closure with no option for half the city. Watch this space. Seems it’s Government calling the shots on green policy . Smartgrowth a cruel joke for years now we have to pay in many ways

Another day

Posted on 24-03-2021 19:26 | By

Another day on Sunlive and the people that either don’t read the articles or live under a rock are at it again. Complaining that a building that leaks and is full of black mold is an appropriate place or a library, people to work, or citizens to come to. Fix it they say, of course you could, for 30% more than a new build. Oh and then there are the conspiracy theories. It’s just a joke. Boomers complain about no, parking, but don’t want to pay for it. Boomers complain about traffic, but don’t want to fund traffic improvements. Boomers complain about traffic, but hate on cyclists that take cars off the road. Boomers complain about the CBD being dead, but the attack investments that bring people back to the CBD. Boomers complain...

Some progress but..

Posted on 24-03-2021 17:06 | By Kancho

I agree it’s good things are moving on even if I don’t agree with some of it. I’m happy recycling will improve as it has been ridiculous lip service for years. I am very unhappy that South Tauranga has no transfer station soon as bins won’t handle everything or seasonal garden clean ups etc my only option now is to pay contractors a significant extra cost. Government funding is great too but it does beg the question that we will effectively have a large increase in rates both actual rates and then a levy for bins in top. Also it was flagged that adjustment of the system will be in one year with future cost unknown . Generally costs always go up and rate rises are also predicted in going . I except some rise is required but worrying the steep increases will be eye watering.

Mould

Posted on 24-03-2021 14:20 | By Johnney

So we have a mould problem in the civic building. So demolish it. Really. Mould is a result of moisture. Fix that problem and the mould will disappear. What a bloody waste.

Decisions

Posted on 24-03-2021 14:03 | By margaret mary

Why are the ratepayers paying for the rubbish bins if they are already BEING funded by the government. What is wrong with the current council building. Or is this because the CEO wants to work in a new building

Now that a decision is made...

Posted on 24-03-2021 13:06 | By groutby

...about the new TCC building, and even though I do not agree the CBD with prime real estate is the place for it to be, can it be built to be suitable for purpose, completed on time and within or at least at budget?....PLEASE!....

A glimmer of hope?

Posted on 24-03-2021 12:51 | By morepork

At least they are grasping nettles and DOING something. This is good news for Tauranga.

Hmmm

Posted on 24-03-2021 12:32 | By

At least one of the commissioners was/has been a member of priority one... I wonder what backroom deals we can further expect...? Is "civic amenities" the backdoor entry for the unwanted museum....?