Gear Homestead earthquake costs overrun
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.