Demolition will leave gap

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 13:00 16/05/2012
Chambers
COLIN SMITH/Fairfax NZ
POISED TO GO: The Realty Chambers building is past its use-by date, its owner says.

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A section of Bridge St in Nelson will rival a smile with a missing tooth once the Realty Chambers building comes down.

A demolition ball hangs over the building that has housed an internet cafe, contemporary design store Shine, Korkers Sandal Co, designer clothing store Rome and artist studios for several years.

Realty Chambers owner Brian Jones said it was past its use-by date and needed to be demolished, but he had no plans to sell the land.

"I have no plans at all. It might just be turned into a car park or a vacant site while I see what the other options are. I'm not in a hurry to do anything with it at all," he said.

That would leave a gap among the line of shops and businesses on Bridge St.

Mr Jones said most of the tenants had moved out of the building, but demolition had been delayed, because the Historic Places Trust had stepped in to check it out.

"I was hoping it would be down by the end of June, but it might be a little bit later now.

"The guy has to come down from Tauranga," he said.

Mr Jones said he did not think the trust would find any reason to prevent demolition of the building that his family bought in the 1950s.

"It would be ridiculous if they did that. It's got no historical value," he said.

Korkers Sandal Co, which backs on to the building, has already found a new home and will move on Friday.

The family-owned business in Wakatu Lane has found a new spot beside Sprog Hog Kidz, a children's decor store in Wakatu Square.

Shine is reopening at a new premises on Hardy St in September and Nelson artist Josephine Cachemaille, who had a studio upstairs for about six years, has moved into a studio at the Refinery Artspace.

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