Submissions received on plan to buy property

Fourteen submissions have been received on the Cromwell Community Board's plan to buy property to expand the town's historic precinct.

The board will consider the submissions and a report on the matter at its May meeting and any decision will have to go before the Central Otago District Council for ratification.

The 3440sq m piece of land, on the corner of Inniscort and Erris Sts, is in two titles. It contains a historic stone cottage, believed to be built in the 1860s, surrounded by landscaped grounds.

The board planned to buy the land and make it available for Old Cromwell to use, as the property was beside the Old Cromwell historic precinct.

"This is a seldom-available opportunity to acquire additional land to future-proof potential for any expansion of Old Cromwell," the board said in a statement last month.

The agreed purchase price for the property was $752,500 and the proposal was for the council to pay 40%, from council endowment funding, if the remainder of the sum was made up through grants from charitable trusts and other agencies.

Old Cromwell board chairman Adrian Somerville told the Otago Daily Times last month his organisation had asked the Cromwell board for assistance to buy the property, with the hope of expanding the historic precinct.


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