Typesetter Jared Bath (left) stands in the rubble of the
Colortronics building yesterday with his new boss, Dunedin
Print owner Dale Hopkins, who offered him a job when the
Colortronics building was gutted by fire in November. Photo
by Gerard O'Brien.
The owner of a demolished copy shop in Dunedin is
deciding if millions of dollars should be invested to rebuild.
Dunedin commercial property owner Evan Hopkins (72) said the
demolition crew flattened the charred remains of the
Colortronics building in Filleul St on Sunday morning and
began clearing the site yesterday.
The single-level building, leased to Colortronics owner
Thomas Garforth, was gutted by fire in November.
''The party wall between my building and the gym next door
was cracked, and on a lean, so the whole thing had to come
Fire investigators had determined the cause of the fire was a
power board, he said.
The new Xerox high-quality digital printer that was destroyed
had been leased by Mr Garforth.
''Fortunately, the conditions of the lease was that Xerox had
to insure it,'' Mr Hopkins said.
Mr Hopkins had insured the building and expected a
replacement price from quantity surveyors to be available
today, he said.
The new building could be a 900sq m two-storey design that he
had an architect sketch when he bought the site 15 years ago,
The proposed design would take about 18 months to build and
would cost up to $2 million, he said.
However, he was advertising for a tenant and could build to
suit their needs, he said.
His insurance cover was for replacement, so he could decide
against rebuilding if a tenant was not found, he said.
''I don't have to take the insurance.''
Mr Hopkins said Dunedin Print, which his son Dale owned, had
employed Colortronics staff .
''On the morning of the fire, [we] were watching the fire
brigade hosing away and I said 'well look, if you need help,
just give us a whistle'.''
Before Christmas, Mr Garforth asked if Dunedin Print would
employ Colortronics staff. He was closing down Colortronics
because it cost too much to start again, Mr Hopkins said.
''The numbers just didn't stack up.''
Dunedin Print owner Dale Hopkins said six-month employment
contracts were taken on by Colortronics typesetter Jared Bath
and graphic designer Andy Frampton.
Full-time employment would be offered to both men if enough
Colortronics clients used the services of Dunedin Print in
the next six months, Mr Hopkins said.