We are close to being able to purchase and improve the building at 8 Hardy Street so that the museum can continue to serve the community.
The building is currently rented with a lease with right of renewal until May 2025.
Over many years the Christchurch City Council have made annual grants to help pay the rent. However, the past 4 years this amount has dropped by 40%. We expect this to be less again in the future as there are many local organisations competing for funding.
Long term the Museum Committee and volunteers have concerns about having a secure location suitable to carry on with the important research and resources provided.
We have also spent/invested $12,000 on an engineer’s report and earthquake strengthening design. Currently the building is remarkably at 50% of the building code and with a simple build of 2 small wing walls the building will increase to 67% of building code.
We would like to make some improvements to the building at the same time as strengthening including, re-roof, south end wall repairs and new windows, painting the exterior, minor crack repairs to foundation, a few piles jacked and packed, insulating the ceiling, some wiring renewal to name most. This part of the project will come after the purchase is complete.
We estimate the total cost including purchase, repairs and maintenance to be $250,000.
To date we have managed to raise $60,000 of which we have spent $10,000 for engineer’s report and design.
This leaves a total of $190,000 to raise to complete the whole project.
Stage one is to purchase the building - $130,000 required.
Stage two, strengthening, repairs, maintenance - $45,000 is required.
Update from February 03rd:
We are getting so close to purchase! The purchase price is $175,000. Through the Givealittle website and direct donations we have a little over $80,000 raised. With purchasing (costs) we now require just $100,000 to purchase. The sales and purchase agreement in place gives us until June to raise this money. All donations, big or small add up.
Feel free to drop in to 8 Hardy Street and see for yourself the great work our volunteers are doing and view the building.
Thank you to all that have donated so far, small and big.
Tim Baker President
We provide historical information about the local New Brighton and surrounding areas to the community.
Purchase of building and land & improvements to the building.
Kia ora Anne, on behalf of the 'museum committee' i thank you very much. Tim Baker
Thank you for your donation. Do you have photos of the building? Tim Baker
Thanks Gem, every dollar gets us closer. Tim Baker Chairman