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Kaipara District Council Approves Old Mangawhai Fire Station To Be Demolished

Councillors this morning voted in favour of the former fire station building at 09 Wood Street to be demolished.

The Council owned building is unoccupied. The Mangawhai Fire Station has been in its new modern premises at 191 Molesworth Drive since late 2019.

An engineer who undertook an investigation of the site found multiple areas of concern including leaking, significant structural damage and rotting timber, as well as potential foundation issues. The building has very little natural light and has also been deemed earthquake prone. Parts of the building are already closed due to non-compliance, and if the building was left in place the investigation found it would deteriorate further, creating a safety, risk, and health hazard for the community. It was not considered cost-effective to try and remediate the structure.

Once the building is demolished the site will be used as part of the interim design for the Wood Street revitalisation project, in place from December 2020 for 12-18 months. During this period, the cleared land will be used to create a temporary public space, which will also connect to other shared spaces on Wood Street.

Mangawhai Programme Delivery Manager Tim Manning says the approval to demolish the old fire station is a huge step forward for the Wood Street revitalisation project.

“This means we can continue on with our plans to make Wood Street a safe, vibrant and people-friendly space for the community. The fire station site is a critical part of the overall plan for the area. This will not only create more public space but it increases accessibility to other spaces,” says Tim Manning.

Using a ‘tactical urbanism’ approach, and with funding from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, the Council has been designing the area with the Mangawhai Business Association and community and testing layout and design to create a more people-friendly Wood Street. Early community meetings, a summer trial over 2019/2020, and subsequent multiple co-design workshops with the community have been held to establish a long term vision through interim designs. The latest interim design will be in place and tested from December 2020 for 12-18 months. 

The long term vision (5-10 years) for Wood Street can be found at www.mangawhaicommunityplan.co.nz/projects/transport. This will be tweaked and changed as part of the iterative design process for best results, depending on reviews of the interim design.

Funding:

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has awarded funds to Kaipara District Council for the interim design of the Wood Street revitalisation project. The funds are part of the Innovating Streets programme and pilot fund, which supports councils to deliver more vibrant and people-friendly public spaces by using ‘tactical urbanism’. The grant will fund 90 percent of an interim design that will inform the long term vision in Wood Street.

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