Coun­cil buys post of­fice build­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

In­ner-city apart­ments in Porirua could soon be­come a re­al­ity fol­low­ing the city coun­cil’s pur­chase of the for­mer post of­fice build­ing.

The pur­chase, for about $570,000, is part of the coun­cil’s multi-mil­lion dollar city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion plans.

There is an ur­gent need to carry out seis­mic strength­en­ing on the build­ing, which was va­cated in 2013 be­cause of earth­quake con­cerns.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said the coun­cil would be look­ing for part­ners to work with to cre­ate in­ner-city ac­com­mo­da­tion.

‘‘This is an im­por­tant step in re­vi­tal­is­ing our city cen­tre,’’ he said.

‘‘ Apart­ments down­town will mean there are peo­ple need­ing goods and ser­vices – that means cafes and food shops and more of a buzz in the area.

‘‘Ev­ery suc­cess­ful town cen­tre now has an el­e­ment of res­i­den­tial and there’s no rea­son why Porirua can’t do the same.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil was able to ac­quire the build­ing from New Zealand Post un­der the Public Works Act.

Leggett said though the strength­en­ing could be costly, it was about putting to­gether a pack­age that was at­trac­tive enough to en­cour­age some­one to lease it. He hoped it could be done quickly.

The build­ing is four storeys high. It has floors of ap­prox­i­mately 350 square me­tres, with pro­por­tions ide­ally suited for res­i­den­tial con­ver­sion.

The coun­cil will spend more than $12 mil­lion over the next three years on the CBD, in­clud­ing re­vamp­ing Cob­ham Court.

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