MTG Napier li­brary’s tem­po­rary home

The Hastings Mail - - OUT & ABOUT - LAURA DOONEY

Napier’s li­brary is on the move, while the coun­cil works out the best way to deal with earth­quake prone civic build­ings.

From Jan­uary the li­brary will be tem­po­rar­ily run out of the Mu­seum Theatre Gallery (MTG) on Hast­ings St, af­ter a re­port ear­lier this year found the cur­rent li­brary was at 15 per cent of the new build­ing code at its weak­est point, while the ad­join­ing civic build­ings are at 10 per cent.

On Wed­nes­day the Napier City Coun­cil also an­nounced a state­ment of pro­posal would seek for­mal ap­proval from the coun­cil to sell half of the site taken up by the civic build­ing and the li­brary, con­firm­ing plans floated in March.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Jack said the coun­cil and the li­brary were on a large site, strad­dling two build­ings, when the coun­cil and the li­brary could fit into one.

The coun­cil needed to de­cide if it would ren­o­vate or re­build us­ing the two build­ings, or just one - which was half the site.

The rest of the site could be devel­oped, with a mo­tel or ho­tel the most at­trac­tive op­tion. Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posal will open on Oc­to­ber 4. A de­ci­sion should be made by De­cem­ber, city strat­egy direc­tor Richard Mun­neke said.

The li­brary would be where archives were cur­rently stored at the MTG, with archives moved to off-site stor­age.

The coun­cil had started de­vel­op­ing a li­brary strat­egy to fig­ure out the best way to cre­ate a new li­brary, ei­ther in a new lo­ca­tion, or back at its orig­i­nal site once it had been strength­ened, direc­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices An­toinette Camp­bell said. While it was in the MTG en­try fees could be waived, if the coun­cil agreed.

Mun­neke said op­tions for a new li­brary site in­cluded Civic Square, the Vau­tier St car park, the Ocean Boule­vard/car park­ing build­ing, and its cur­rent site.

In the mean­time the coun­cil is on the move, with the mayor and chief ex­ec­u­tives head­ing to the Cape View build­ing. A cus­tomer ser­vice counter will be set up in Dun­ve­gan House, and cor­po­rate sup­port will live at the old post of­fice build­ing on the cor­ner of Dick­ens and Hast­ings St.

All teams are ex­pected to be in their tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion by Christ­mas, and will stay split across the three build­ings for three to five years.


What the coun­cil en­trance could look like.

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