The future of the potentially earthquake damage-prone
Alexandra Plunket building will come under the spotlight next
week as the Vincent Community Board debates whether to sell
The Central Otago District Council owns the property and the
1953 building is leased to Plunket.
The Skird St building needed a new roof, the council's
property and facilities officer Tara Bates said, in a report
to be considered at the board meeting on Monday.
Last year the board decided against spending money on capital
improvements to the building.
Plunket decided to look for an alternative venue and wanted
to end its lease by late January and move to the new
Alexandra Community House complex, Miss Bates said.
The building had been identified by the council as
potentially earthquake damage-prone. It needed a new roof and
getting a building consent for that work would trigger the
council's earthquake damage-prone building policy, and the
building would need strengthening.
Plunket contributed $1600 towards the $7452 cost of
construction in 1953, which was 21%, Miss Bates said.
The land was zoned business in the district plan, which might
have implications on the selling price, due to the
obligations under the earthquake damage prone building
policy. Residential activity was permitted in a business
zone, subject to certain rules, and that might provide scope
for potential buyers and avoid the need to strengthen the
Miss Bates recommended the board sell the building and offer
some of the net proceeds to Plunket.