Side en­trance for gallery

Otago Daily Times - - Regions -

A re­de­vel­oped For­rester Gallery will not have a main en­trance on Thames St.

Waitaki District coun­cil­lors voted on Wed­nes­day in favour of ‘‘com­pro­mise’’ — a side en­trance — af­ter con­cerns were raised about ac­cess to the build­ing from its cur­rent en­trance on Thames St or the rear of the build­ing in Hum­ber St, where park­ing would be sit­u­ated.

Coun­cil com­mu­nity ser­vices group man­ager Dr Thunes Cloete noted that in early dis­cus­sions of the $6 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment, ‘‘a lot of coun­cil­lors’’ had wanted a Thames St en­trance, but the 1882 Her­itage New Zealand cat­e­gory 1­reg­is­tered site had not been de­signed for use as a gallery, mu­seum and ar­chive.

‘‘The build­ing was built as a bank. The pur­pose of it wasn’t get­ting a lot of peo­ple through it.’’

Cr Guy Per­ci­val voted against the change.

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