Coun­cil buy up

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - COUN­CIL

The Ash­bur­ton Dis­trict Coun­cil has con­firmed that it is ad­vanced in pur­chas­ing three prop­er­ties on Bar­ing Square East, the fu­ture site for the new li­brary and coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

The prop­er­ties, which are all lo­cated near the former County Coun­cil build­ing, are two lots of land owned by the Methodist Church (ex­clud­ing the church build­ing), 243 Have­lock St and 255 Have­lock St.

The coun­cil has signed con­di­tional sale and pur­chase agree­ments for 243 Have­lock St and the Methodist church sites.

‘‘The prop­erty at 255 Have­lock St has re­cently come on to the mar­ket and coun­cil con­sid­ered it op­por­tune to buy it to as­sist in fu­ture-proof­ing the devel­op­ment,’’ Paul Brake, the coun­cil’s group man­ager busi­ness sup­port, said.

‘‘These prop­erty pur­chases rep­re­sent a mile­stone for this im­por­tant coun­cil project.

‘‘The new fa­cil­i­ties are des­per­ately needed to im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of res­i­dents and staff vis­it­ing and work­ing in our li­brary and coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.’’

The coun­cil will shortly start the sec­ond stage of the project which will in­clude seek­ing a project man­ager, ap­point­ing ar­chi­tects and un­der­tak­ing de­sign work.

Fur­ther de­tails (in­clud­ing the pur­chase prices) will be made pub­lic as soon as the pur­chases are set­tled.

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