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Lotteries grants $45,500 to strengthen museum

May 31st, 2017
[TDC press release]

The Lottery Grants Board will contribute half the cost of seismically strengthening the historically important Motueka Museum building, granting $45,500 to the project.

The Lotteries decision means the 104-year-old museum building can continue to serve as a heritage institution and community meeting space. It houses the Motueka Museum, Muses Cafe, and Motueka and Districts Historical Society.

The Tasman District Council is funding the remaining $45,500 needed to bring the building up to at least 40% of new building standard for seismic design loading.

Council Community Partnerships Co-ordinator Mike Tasman-Jones said the museum was currently assessed at 27.2% of the new building standard, making it a potential earthquake prone building (a building is considered earthquake prone if it does not meet 34% of new building standard).

"The Motueka Museum is a category 2 historic building, and is particularly significant because of its successful use of the Jacobean revival style. It was completed in 1913 and was originally the school building.

"It's a unique building that really adds to the character of Motueka High Street. We're thrilled the Lottery Grants Board has recognised its importance in granting half the cost of its strengthening."

Mike said the work to install new bracing to several parts of the building would begin in August, and was expected to take five weeks.

Comment by Sue Clark:
[Posted 31 May 2017]

This is great news!

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