MARINES HALL TIME­LINE

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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.

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