New Library Proposed for Motueka’s Decks Reserve

Thursday 20 September 2018

The Tasman District Council will seek feedback from the Motueka community on a proposal to build a new library at Decks Reserve.

Community Development Committee chairman Cr Peter Canton said the Council had received the results of a feasibility study into options for the library redevelopment. The study, by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects, recommended a new library at Decks Reserve was preferred over extending the existing library in Pah Street.

“The current library is too small for a community of Motueka’s size, and the Council has set aside funding in the Long Term Plan for a redevelopment to better meet the community’s needs both now and for years to come.”

The feasibility study also looked at expanding the library on its current Pah Street site. That option would likely require the relocation of other organisations on the site – the Laura Ingram Kindergarten and Senior Citizens building.

The Decks Reserve option had fewer drawbacks but could mean a loss of green space in the reserve. The two options are similar in price, an estimated $4.7 million for the Decks Reserve option and $4.8 million for redevelopment on the existing site.

“There have been a lot of discussions with stakeholders leading up to this point, including the kindergarten and senior citizens, with Wakatu Incorporation, Vision Motueka and Our Town Motueka, the Community Board, and Motueka Community House,” Peter said.

“We want to make sure we understand the wider community view as well, so we’ll be asking for feedback from Motueka residents on which option they prefer.”

The informal feedback round will take place in October.

Read the full Motueka Library Redevelopment feasibility study

Read more about the project