Submissions open on fate of civic buildings
Napier residents are being asked to have their say on what happens to two of the city’s civic buildings.
Both the civic and library building have been assessed as earthquake prone, and the council is proposing that it have the option to divest the site the civic administration building is on.
This could be by long-term lease or sale, and would be to a private developer, for them to commercially develop.
Napier mayor Bill Dalton said one of the jobs the council had was to improve the ‘‘look, feel, and vitality of our city’’, and the earthquake-prone buildings had presented the council with an opportunity to reinvigorate the civic area.
Previously 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.
In the meantime the council is on the move, with the mayor and chief executive 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.
Public submissions opened on October 4, and a decision is expected to be made in December.
The Napier library building, owned by Napier City Council.