9 August 2019
The Alexandra Men's Shed Development Plans have taken another turn following the recent Vincent Community Board meeting.
The Men's Shed currently operates out of a temporary relocatable building next to Alexandra's Fulton Hogan Bike Park within Molyneux Park.
Over the past nine years, the Alexandra Men's Shed Development Project has been the subject of six reports to the Board and a public submission process. That had led to a 2014 resolution to grant a lease at Molyneux Park to the Alexandra Men's Shed and the Alexandra Blossom Festival subject to the Board's final approval. Since then the Alexandra Blossom Festival has withdrawn itself from the project, and the Men's Shed has reached the goal of fundraising $400,000 for the project.
The Men's Shed provided plans in April this year for the Molyneux Park development. However, given the increasing demand for land by clubs at Molyneux Park, Council staff believed it prudent to consider whether the proposed site was still appropriate or whether there were other suitable sites.
Two sites were identified as potential alternatives – land adjacent to WasteBusters and land opposite WasteBusters at 69 Boundary Road. The latter site is Council freehold land and the building is currently occupied by both the Alexandra Lions (1/3 floor area) and Fire and Emergency New Zealand/FENZ (2/3 floor area).
The latter site was considered to be the leading alternative for a number of reasons including the synergies and opportunities for the Men's Shed to share a building with the Lions and be located close-by to WasteBusters.
The Board directed there be more discussions with the Men's Shed, and Fire and Emergency New Zealand regarding best future location of both parties. A five-month timeframe has been set to ensure the project's funding is not jeopardised. The fall-back position is the ground lease at Molyneux Park.