It stands proudly on a prime piece of Tauranga waterfront real estate, while all around it debate has raged over its future.
It’s the Cargo Shed in Dive Crescent. It’s a fine bit of yesteryear architecture, looks in great nick but because it would be vulnerable in an earthquake, it seems it’s not worth saving.
The icon may disappear from the cityscape and it’s all about cost.
After geotechnical assessments, Tauranga City Council has decided that upgrades of the shed won’t be continued.
Results of the assessment show the Cargo Shed would be “susceptible during seismic events”.
“It would need extensive foundation improvements to stabilise the property and reduce the risk during a seismic event,” says a statement from the council.
“It would also need significant structural improvement to bring it up to modern standard.”
TCC says due to the cost involved, it will not continue with the upgrades to the shed. And the Cargo Shed is now closed to further bookings.”
The future of the Dive Crescent area remains up in the air.
Any development is first dependent on the council and the Otamataha Trust acquiring legal title to the land from the Crown.
“Once the title has been transferred to the Council and the Trust, the future of the area can be fully explored.”