Sky Garden tower proposal would soar above Hamilton’s CBD offering views up and down the Waikato River

Move over Auckland, Hamilton could be moving in on the tower-in-the-CBD market.

That’s the lofty goal developer John Heskett is reaching for in his third attempt to build a major tourism project in Waikato.

It’d be based around a 100-metre-high timber tower, the highest building in the heart of Hamilton’s CBD, next to the Waikato Museum on Victoria St.

Developer John Heskett is in the concept phase of a plan to bring the Sky Garden tourism project to Hamilton.

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Developer John Heskett is in the concept phase of a plan to bring the Sky Garden tourism project to Hamilton.

It would feature a bungy and slide off the tower with a swing over the neighbouring Waikato River.

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Concept drawing of the Sky Garden tourism tower when it was proposed for Hangatiki, Waitomo. The project will be redesigned to fit into Hamilton’s CBD.


Concept drawing of the Sky Garden tourism tower when it was proposed for Hangatiki, Waitomo. The project will be redesigned to fit into Hamilton’s CBD.

At the top there would be a viewing platform, restaurants, cafes and a cocktail bar. The roof would be used as a green space with a garden, lawn and mini golf course for families.

The project is still in the concept phase and would need further feedback from the Hamilton City Council, community and iwi.

It would not be a carbon copy of the $20 million Sky Garden plan for Hangatiki, near Waitomo Village, which was declined in July. Nor would it look like the first version promoted closer to Te Kūiti.

The Waitomo version was 70m high.

“We need to redesign it for Hamilton, to make it taller, but it will still be built out of timber and have the tower as its centre piece,” Heskett said.

John Heskett said the revised Sky Garden project for Hamilton is in its early stages of planning but could cost between $20m-$30m.

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John Heskett said the revised Sky Garden project for Hamilton is in its early stages of planning but could cost between $20m-$30m.

He initially looked at a site near Horotiu, north of the city. The council also suggested Victoria St as an option.

“There is the Waikato Regional Theatre being built nearby in the CBD and bringing the Sky Garden into the heart of the city could be a good fit.”

Heskett said he was compelled to continue finding a home for the project after numerous calls of support, after the Waitomo proposal was declined in July.

“I’ve lost count of how many offers of other sites I’ve had, people want to see it become reality.

“Raising capital for this [Hamilton] project has been the easiest of the three, we’ve got $500,000 ready for a new consent.”

The project’s inability to mitigate cultural aspects was the stumbling block at Waitomo.

“So I am meeting with my cultural adviser this week and one of the first conversations will be with iwi, to check that the site is okay to use.

“We want to put a swing over the Waikato River but we know the river is special to iwi, so we need to consult on that concept first.”

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Hell’s Kitchen Gets New Composting Site On Hudson River

HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — There’s good news for Manhattanites who were left without composting options when the city suspended its pickup program during the pandemic: community compost sites have reopened along the Hudson River waterfront, including a brand-new site in Hell’s Kitchen.

Ten drop-off sites are located along four miles of Hudson River Park, which stretches along the waterside from 59th Street down to Battery Park City.

The 10 sites now open for the fall include three new ones: the Pier 96 Boathouse at West 55th Street, Pier 66 at West 26th Street and Pier 46 at Charles Street. The sites are open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., accepting any of the following items: fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, rice, pasta, bread, cereal, eggs, nutshells and flowers.

(Max Giuliani for Hudson River Park)
(Max Giuliani for Hudson River Park)

The Hudson River Park Trust started composting horticulture waste like grass clippings and pruned trees in 2015, and later launched its Community Compost Program in partnership with the Department of Sanitation and Councilmember Corey Johnson’s office.

Workers mix donated food scraps with horticulture waste to form a compost mixture that can be used on plant beds and trees in the park.

The program has been increasingly popular: last year, the Trust collected about 86,000 pounds of food scraps, up from 70,000 pounds in 2018. They estimate that the program has diverted 450,000 pounds of scraps from landfills since its inception.

“Composting food scraps has become an embedded part of New Yorkers’ routines and we are proud to welcome them back to the Park as the program starts back up again this fall,” Madelyn Wils, President and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust, said in a news release.

Here are the 10 composting sites open daily in Hudson River Park:

  • Pier 25 at North Moore Street

  • Pier 40 at Morton Street

  • Pier 46 at Charles Street (NEW)

  • Pier 51 at Horatio Street

  • 14th Street Park at West 14th Street

  • Chelsea Waterside Park at West 23rd Street

  • Pier 66 at West 26th Street (NEW)

  • Hudson River Park’s Compost Center at West 34th Street

  • Pier 84 at West 44th Street

  • Pier 96 Boathouse at West 55th Street (NEW)

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House agrees to rename Grand River Post Office for police officer Andy Nowacki, who died in Iraq war

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday agreed to rename Grand River’s post office after Andrew “Ace” Nowacki, a Grand River police officer and U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2005.

A graduate of Lyndhurst’s Brush High School who resided in South Euclid, Nowacki was working as a the gunner on a Humvee, protecting a truck convoy in the Anbar region, south of Baghdad, when he died at age 24. His family set up a memorial scholarship fund in his name to assist public safety and nursing students. Nowacki joined the Grand River Police Department in 2001, and was part of its ready response team, honor guard and bike patrol.

“Andy’s commitment to community, dedication to service and desire to help others is something we should forever honor, and his sacrifice is something we should never forget,” said Bainbridge Township Republican Rep. Dave Joyce, who introduced the measure for the name change. The House of Representatives passed his bill on a noncontroversial voice vote.

“By renaming the Grand River Post Office after him, we can help ensure Andy will forever be remembered by the community he cared so deeply for and contributed so much to,” Joyce continued. “I thank my colleagues here in the House for helping me preserve the legacy of a true American patriot and urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.”

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$1.4M South River Colony Mansion Shows Off 2 Suites, Huge Kitchen

EDGEWATER, MD — South River Colony is one of Edgewater’s most impressive neighborhoods. This $1.4 million home proves why. With soaring ceilings and enchanting windows, the house is spacious as could be. The backyard has a party-ready patio, pool and hot tub. Whip up a feast for your guests in the expansive kitchen with dual ovens. End the night with a bath in one of the house’s two suites. These luxurious features and more validate the price tag on this 1.08-acre, 5,876-square-foot property.

  • Address: 201 Morning Cloak Row, Edgewater, Maryland
  • Price: $1,398,000
  • Square Feet: 5876
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 2001
  • Features: Featuring one of the BEST LOCATIONS in the Preserve section of highly sought after South River Colony, this 5 BR 4.5 Bath gem sparkles! PUBLIC WATER & SEWER TOO! Tucked away at the end of a quiet cul de sac backing to woods on 1.08 acres, this home features a stunning renovated gourmet kitchen w/ Viking, Subzero, Bosch & Dacor appliances & custom furniture quality cabinetry. BRAND NEW custom backsplash. The fenced rear yard is an entertainers DREAM with a heated pebble tec pool w/ waterfall & spa. Relax on the custom built gazebo & IPE deck overlooking a lushly landscaped fenced yard w/ underground sprinkler system. Generator. Built in outdoor BRAND NEW Wolf grill on hand cut blue stone & granite counters. (If your children play sports…be ready to host the team parties!) Dramatic two story family room w/ a wood burning fireplace. (Three fireplaces total). Main level office w/ double sided gas fireplace makes working from home EASY and comfortable. (Upstairs sitting room in owners suite currently being used as the second home office). Formal living & dining rooms with newly refinished hardwood floors. Butlers pantry w/ a wine refrigerator, and a large walk in pantry for food storage. Fully finished walk out lower level with built in theater (all top of line equipment conveys) with a fabulous sound system. Built in wetbar w/ extra icemaker and wine refrigerator. LL bedroom suite with a full bath (perfect for au pair or nanny) and two other rooms that can be used as bedrooms, offices, gym, etc. Luxurious owners suite w/ a sitting room, gas fireplace, and stunning renovated bath with a fabulous oversized multi head steam shower with bench seating. All attached flat screen TV’s convey. Three ice makers (one in Subzero freezer). Three car side load garage, with extra parking in paved front driveway and side yard. Private and peaceful LOCATION! Community pools, tennis & basketball courts, playground, and private golf club w/ memberships available… LIVE WHERE YOU PLAY! South River Schools, and just minutes to Annapolis & major commuting routes. Convenient proximity to three major airports. Click link to visual tour for extra info: Call owner/listing agent for more info!

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Six other Colorado River states send warning to Interior over Utah’s Lake Powell Pipeline

Six states with claim to water in the Colorado River have fired a warning shot at Utah over the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline.

a stone building that has a rocky cliff: The Colorado River flowing from the foot of the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona.

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The Colorado River flowing from the foot of the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona.

Don’t allow Utah to bum-rush approval for the 150-mile pipeline, the six states warned in a letter to Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt, or there could be far-reaching consequences.

The letter, signed by top water officials from Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Wyoming, says there are “substantive legal and operational issues” around the pipeline that remain unresolved, despite the proposed project nearing a stage where federal approval could be issued.

a boat sitting on the side of a building: The Glen Canyon Dam on the Utah/Arizona border on Aug. 21, 2020.

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The Glen Canyon Dam on the Utah/Arizona border on Aug. 21, 2020.

While the federal government — in this case, the Bureau of Reclamation — may normally have full authority to issue approval for an infrastructure project like this, Colorado River water is governed by a complicated and oftentimes litigious collection of inter-state compacts and Supreme Court cases known as The Law of the River.

The six states — all of the water rights holders aside from the Beehive State — are alleging Utah is attempting to circumvent this 100-year-old body of laws and compacts, potentially jeopardizing cooperation between the seven states with rights to Colorado River water — one of the west’s most finite and sought-after resources relied on by approximately 40 million people. 

“Moreover, we believe the probability of multi-year litigation over a Lake Powell Pipeline (final environmental impact statement) or (record of decision) is high, and that certain Law of the River questions properly left to discussions and resolution between the states are likely to be raised in such suits,” the letter reads.”

In a written statement, the Washington County Water Conservation District said it will work diligently with the other basin states to resolve concerns while the environmental review process is underway. 

“The district will join Utah and the basin states in finding mutually agreeable solutions that allow each state to develop its water as has traditionally been the case,” the conservation district wrote. 

The six states are looking for ‘consensus’

The Lake Powell Pipeline is Utah’s answer to expected water shortages as more and more people are projected to move to the arid desert of Washington County over the next several decades.

Projections from Utah expect population in the greater St. George area to balloon from about 180,000 people today to nearly a half-million by 2065, creating a need for water that exceeds what’s currently available, according to proponents of the project.

At peak production, the pipeline is proposed to transport about 86,000 acre-feet of water a year from Lake Powell to Sand Hollow Reservoir 140 miles away, not only increasing the amount of water available but adding another source of water to southwestern Utah’s portfolio, which currently relies solely on sources in the Virgin River Basin.

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