What is a community hub?
The community hub idea is to provide office space for community organisations in a centralised administration facility. The primary target would be not-for-profit organisations. However, this would not restrict other organisations from being involved. It is also proposed that the city's funding organisations would also be part of the facility, in essence creating a 'funders hub' within the community hub. Essentially there are three parts to the concept:
- Space – a fit-for-purpose facility that provides open-plan or private offices, social hubs, individual workstations, team space, meeting rooms and quiet areas, creating flexibility to suit each organisation's needs. Organisations would be able to 'lease' desks and there would be shared meeting rooms, reception facilities etc. along similar lines to Priority One's Ignition workspace on Grey Street.
- Support – community organisations would be supported through a variety of 'wrap-around' services. This could include access to business advice, accounting and auditing services, marketing etc. This support would not be limited to tenants of the hub but available to all community organisations.
- Shared outcomes – the hub would provide opportunities for community organisations to collaborate with others to increase positive outcomes for the community.
How many organisations would the community hub house?
At this stage it is proposed that the community hub would provide accommodation for 15 to 30 community organisations.
Who would run the hub?
The day-to-day running of the community hub would be managed via a separate management contract. TECT would be responsible for setting this up. Council would not have a role in choosing tenants or setting rent.
How would you choose the organisations that would use the hub?
Eligible organisations would be able to apply for space at the hub, and would be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Hub Manager. The eligibility criteria have not been set, and would be developed by TECT and the Hub Manager. Organisations would still need to pay rent for their space.
Would the organisations have to already be supported by TECT?
No. Any community organisation would be able to apply for space at the hub.
What kind of organisations would be eligible to apply?
The primary target would be not-for-profit organisations. However, this would not necessarily restrict other organisations from being involved, where there is an alignment to the community sector.
What would the building look like?
Link to design approved under the resource consent
How much green space would be lost?
The area of land that TECT is purchasing is approximately 4,790m2 in size. Most of this is currently green space. However, TECT is also proposing to redevelop some of the adjacent land as a non-exclusive area that will remain as green space. This redevelopment would include improving drainage, moving the Otumoetai Schoolhouse, which is currently on blocks in the middle of the green space area, and possibly realigning the road that runs through the area. This means that the area of green space that is usable all year round would actually increase.
Would the building be fenced?
No, there would be no fencing around the community hub.
Parking is already an issue on 17th Avenue. Won’t this make it even worse?
TECT’s proposal includes the provision of an on-site car park to accommodate hub users, which would mean that any impact to street parking is minimal.
How would you spend the proceeds from the sale?
Any proceeds would be invested back into the Village.
How much would TECT pay for the land?
The details of a sale and purchase agreement are being worked through but TECT’s Trustees have indicated to Council that they are prepared to pay market rates for the land they are proposing to purchase.
Won’t the community hub take tenants away from the Village?
Yes, some existing Village tenants may decide to move to the community hub but staff are confident that there are plenty of other potential tenants that would be interested in renting space at the Village. TECT’s community hub concept would complement existing Village community facilities and activities, and may provide more revenue opportunities through higher occupancy of Village venues and more retail activity due to increased foot traffic.
When would the Community Hub be open?
The site will start being prepared late 2016 and building work would start in 2017. The building would be open in late 2017.
Would TECT need resource consent to build a Community Hub at the Village?
Yes, resource consent has already been granted.
What about the extra traffic on 17th Avenue as a result of another development there?
The City Plan sets out specific mitigation work that is required at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Cameron Road to address any additional traffic movements created by development on the Historic Village site and the adjoining commercial zoned land at 180 17th Avenue.
Why did Council sell to TECT? And why did they do it before a decision has been made on the future of the Village?
TECT approached Council with an opportunity in relation to the land at the Village, and Council decided to investigate this opportunity. During December 2015 / January 2016 the public were consulted on the proposal. Early 2016 Elected Members indicated that they were considering a range of options for the future of the Village. This included everything from investing in the Village to divesting the whole site.
No decisions about the future of the Village have been made.
There will be a separate opportunity in the next few months for the community to have their say on the future of the whole Village.
Last Reviewed: 18/10/2016