My understanding is that Wakatu are very keen for the Council to do a deal on the current land that the Council own being the current Library site and the adjoining site that previously housed the Bradshaw Building. (The Bradshaw building was the one that they demolished recently, nothing there now so no income for the ratepayers; could be rented as car parking or used for housing.)
I have a real concern that the Council are going to get stitched up by Wakatu and end up with the current Burger King site .The Burger King site is owned by Wakatu and works for the current use as has a drive through and parking, but not for the proposed $46m dollar library development — with no parking on site and only a couple of parks along Trafalgar Street frontage. This is considerably less convenient and user friendly than the current library site that has easily accessible car parking on site. AndI’m not sure of the land area but part is going to be taken up with the City to Sea walkway and another separate building.
Why would you spend all this money to build a building that requires many its users to have to park on the other side of a busy intersection and walk to it? We need to urge the councillors that are going to be negotiating this to take off their rose tinted spectacles and see reality.
This is an extremely critical decision and I don’t have any faith in this current council to get this right — which is proven by them voting for this proposal in the first place.
I think that we need to also try and get it out to the public to try and put pressure on council and point out the problems with the Burger King site for a library. Another issue that needs highlighting and exposing is the water issue in that southern Nelson area.