Sub­mis­sions open on fate of civic build­ings

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER More de­tails on the state­ment of pro­posal, in­clud­ing the sub­mis­sion form, are avail­able on the coun­cil’s web­site www.napier.govt.nz.

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.

SI­MON HENDERY/STUFF

The Napier li­brary build­ing, owned by Napier City Coun­cil.

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