Trio buy old mill site

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By MATHEW GROCOTT

The sale of Pu­taruru’s for­mer Carter Holt Har­vey mill is al­most com­plete, two years af­ter 212 jobs were axed when it closed.

A trio of in­vestors are pur­chas­ing the land on Princes St to di­vide it into a home for sev­eral busi­nesses.

Spokesman for the group Dave Mac­Far­lane said on Fri­day the pur­chase was con­di­tional and he ex­pected the sale to be con­firmed within a few days. ‘‘Pretty well it’s a done and dusted deal.’’

The mill’s clo­sure was an­nounced in Oc­to­ber 2008, its doors shut two months later.

‘‘We do have plans for the site,’’ Mr Mac­Far­lane said.

‘‘ Some build­ings will be dis­man­tled and taken away, and oth­ers will be re­fur­bished.’’

Mr Mac­Far­lane said he ex­pected the devel­op­ment to pro­mote eco­nomic growth in the South Waikato and cre­ate many jobs.

‘‘We be­lieve it will be good for the re­gion.

‘‘The site will be­come four or five dis­tinct ar­eas from light in­dus­trial through to heavy in­dus­trial’’

Mr McFar­lane said it was too early to com­ment on pos­si­ble ten­ants.

The rede­vel­op­ment of the site would con­sider its prox­im­ity to res­i­den­tial ar­eas he said.

Mr McFar­lane paid trib­ute to South Waikato Mayor Neil Sin­clair say­ing Mr Sin­clair and coun­cil staff had been help­ful get­ting the site’s sale pro­gressed.

‘‘It’s re­fresh­ing from an out­sider com­ing in it’s al­most like ‘how can we help you guys?’ rather than ‘here are the prob­lems’. They’ve been ex­tremely help­ful.’’ Mr McFar­lane said at 14.5 hectares he was at­tracted to the site by its scale and cen­tral lo­ca­tion in the North Is­land.

The site’s ac­cess to the rail net­work was an­other plus and he ex­pected the new busi­nesses to use the rail­way.

He also sug­gested the rail­way could be used to bring tourists to Pu­taruru from Auck­land to use tourist at­trac­tions such as the Waikato River Trails.

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