Gear Home­stead earth­quake costs over­run

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The up­grad­ing of Gear Home­stead cost ratepay­ers nearly $80,000 more than was bud­geted.

The his­toric Porirua home­stead was re­cently earth­quakestrength­ened and a new cafe opened there in Fe­bru­ary.

The ap­proved bud­get for the work last year was $302,000, but it ended up at $380,000.

Coun­cil prop­erty man­ager Greg Pa­tience said just $17,000 was left to pay on the project.

Costs were higher than ex­pected in three ar­eas – the seis­mic work and re­fur­bish­ment, a new deck and get­ting a new power sup­ply as part of the cafe fitout.

Seis­mic work in­cluded re­mov­ing chim­neys, at­tend­ing to large sec­tions of the en­try pas­sage and plas­ter ceil­ings, new brac­ing for the floor, mod­ernising the male toi­lets, in­stalling an ac­cess ramp and cre­at­ing ex­tra stor­age space.

Ex­ten­sive paint­ing was also car­ried out.

The cafe owner, Lorna Shel­ton – who owns Red Her­ring Cater­ing – said in De­cem­ber she was look­ing for­ward to bring­ing a beau­ti­ful and his­toric venue into the mod­ern era.

The el­e­gant Gear Home­stead was built in 1882 by pi­o­neer busi­ness mag­nate James Gear, an early and ma­jor player in Welling­ton’s in­dus­try. It is one of seven home­steads in Porirua City with a her­itage tag.

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