The Dunedin City Council needs to keep supporting the
restoration of the city's heritage buildings, serial building
restorer Lawrie Forbes says.
Mr Forbes, who has been involved in the restoration of
several of the city's heritage buildings, including the
Athenaeum and most recently the McIndoe building on Vogel St,
at Thursday night's hearing congratulated the council for the
work it had done so far and urged it to keep going.
''By supporting and causing areas to regenerate you will
actually [increase] rate takes.''
An example of this included his development of the McIndoe
building, with council rates relief giving him ''crucial''
time to plan a new development, which was now paying
dividends in terms of rate take.
The prospective buyer of the historic Reed Building, which he
recently put up for sale, was planning to convert it into 10
studio apartments, which would also be great for the city's
On that note, like many other submitters on the 2014-15 draft
annual plan, he supported the council going with its
preferred and most expensive option, which involved
increasing total funding assistance for heritage re-use
projects to $370,000.
He also thanked the council for its support for a mural on
the outside of the McIndoe building, saying the city had
gained an ''icon'', which had only cost the council a ''free
Cr David Benson-Pope congratulated Mr Forbes for the work he
was doing, saying he was one of the ''main drivers of the
sort of change you are congratulating us for''.