Contractors will this week erect full site fencing and begin clearing the Decks Reserve site of Motueka’s new $5 million library ready for construction to begin.

Existing plantings will be removed, with some transplanted to other areas. Some of these plantings are within the building footprint, while the position of others will interfere with essential underground services for the new facility.

Both larger trees and garden plants will be replaced as part of a carefully considered landscaping plan once the new building is in place.

About 12 plaques that form part of the Motueka Historical Footpath through the site will be carefully removed and reinstated once construction is complete.

The creation of angle parking along Wallace Street, between the Japanese Gardens and Wilkinson Street, will increase the parking available in the vicinity by six spaces, partially offsetting a parking area that will be unavailable within the Decks Reserve carpark during the work.

During construction, the Wallace Street bus stop will be temporarily located a little closer to High Street. This move will take place in mid-September.

The Sunday Market will continue to operate throughout the construction period.

Motueka Community Board chairman Brent Maru said the project was an exciting one for Motueka. "Libraries are hubs of learning, culture and connection. Our current library is an important part of our community but it is bursting at the seams. The new library is going to be an amazing facility, and I’m particularly pleased to see sustainable building and design practices are a key part of it.”

Cr David Ogilvie, chair of the Motueka Library working party, said: “It’s really good to see projects going ahead in the current climate – anything that supports local suppliers, industries and employment is important for our entire region.”

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