The Alexandra Plunket building in Skird St. Photo by Sarah
The possibly earthquake-prone Alexandra Plunket building
is to be sold, providing the Central Otago District Council
ratifies a decision of the Vincent Community board made this
week. The 60-year old Skird St building is council-owned and
the 10-year lease to Plunket is due to expire in 2018.
Continuing problems with a leaky roof and a decision of the
board not to spend money on capital improvements because of
the council's earthquake-prone building policy resulted in
the society wanting out of its lease. It wishes to leave by
the end of January so it can move into Alexandra Community
House, which will open soon.
Council property and facilities officer Tara Bates told the
board the property needed significant roof repairs in 2009
because of leaks and again in 2011 when the plunket rooms
were forced to close because of the leaks.
Last year, the board decided not to spend money on capital
improvements because any new roof would need a building
consent and would therefore trigger the council's earthquake
-rone building policy.
The building had already been identified as potentially
earthquake prone and if any improvements were to go ahead, it
would need a detailed engineer's assessment and possibly
upgrades depending on the results of that assessment.
At its meeting on Monday, the board agreed to terminate the
society's lease and that the building should be sold.
If it is sold, the society would receive a share of the
proceeds based on an initial 21% contribution to the building
Miss Bates said an accurate estimate of the value of the
building could not be obtained because of the structural
uncertainty and a lack of historical comparable sales.
Estimates ranged from $120,000 to $195,000.
The rateable value is $185,000 of which $51,900 is the value
of the building.
The land the building is on is zoned business in the district
plan, which could have implications on the selling price,
because of the obligations under the earthquake policy. Miss
Bates told the board residential activity was permitted in a
business zone, subject to certain rules, which could avoid
the need to strengthen the building as the policy did not
apply to building used for mostly residential purposes.