We are trying to 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 $10,000 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.
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.
We provide historical information about the local New Brighton and surrounding areas to the community.
Purchase of building and land & improvements to the building.
Huge progress made! 27 September 2021
Donations received prior to give a little total nearly $60,000. In January we are applying to LOTTO for 2/3rds of the money required to purchase and enhance. We will need to have raised 1/3rd of $255,000 which is approximately $85,000.
This leaves a balance of about $22,000 to raise through Givealittle.
Lotto grants are not guaranteed so we are leaving the full amount required as our goal. Thanks you so much to those who have been able to donate. MUCH appreciated.