Habitat for Humanity general manager Nick Clarke outside the old Suburban Club, which will become its new home come spring. Photo: Kate Russell.

A new home for Habitat

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Habitat for Humanity has purchased the old Suburban Club with the intention of establishing a community hub and a new operational base.

The Tahunanui Dr premises, currently being used as a Covid-19 testing facility, will provide a new home for the Nelson ReStore, which has outgrown its current space on Quarantine Rd.

General manager Nick Clarke says initially, the building was up for lease from former owners Gibbons Holdings, who bought it in 2016.

“I had a couple of people say to me ‘you should look at it’ and then the opportunity came up to buy it. The location is amazing. We’ll go from 13 carparks to 133 – there is so much flexibility.”

Habitat for Humanity has been operating in the region for over 20 years, addressing the local need for decent, affordable housing.

The community hub, which will also have a café, is set to open in early Spring and will have a focus on promoting community wellbeing and provide a base for affordable housing initiatives.

“The need in our community for decent, affordable housing is acute,” says Nick.

“Everyone deserves a decent place to live. When people have a secure place to call home, communities thrive.”

Christian Savings, a faith-based investment agency, has provided significant financial support towards the purchase of the building and Nick says he’d also like to thank the community for their support.

“The purchase of this building is a big step for us and has been made possible due to the tremendous support Habitat has received. Having been entrusted with this facility, our hope is that the hub will serve the community and be known for being kind and doing good.”

Mayor Rachel Reese says Habitat’s expansion into the new hub is a fantastic opportunity for the community to show its “caring side”.

“We look forward to working with Habitat for Humanity from their new headquarters, which I’m sure will provide the city with a hub for caring – a meeting place for anyone who wants to do good things for the people of Nelson.”

Expressions of interest from like-minded local community groups and social enterprises interested in becoming hub tenants are welcome. Contact Nick at [email protected] for more information.