MARINES HALL TIMELINE
Though the decision was made by Porirua City councillors to demolish the Marines hall in December, there is a tricky resource consent process to negotiate. The group B heritage-listed building, built in 1942 by American marines as a recreation hall, has been closed to the public since 2012. Rotten connections between roof trusses and supporting walls, rotten exterior wall studs and compromised foundations caused the council to fence it off. The full cost for the demolition – thought to be $30,000 to $50,000 – will be included in the draft long-term plan, due out in March. There are also costs towards the Resource Management Act consenting process and ‘‘rehabilitation of the reserve site’’, according to a council report. A council spokeswoman said last week the consent was on hold and council officers involved have yet to decide how they will proceed. She said Porirua Little Theatre president Sandy Brewer would be kept informed during the process.