Old mill site land for sale

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By JAMIE SMALL

Things are hap­pen­ing at Pu­taruru’s old mill site although it does not ap­pear to be the con­struc­tion of the grand but­ter­milk com­plex en­vis­aged in 2011.

Once con­sid­ered the lifeblood of the town, the sawmill was closed by Carter Holt Har­vey in 2008, at the cost of more than 200 lo­cal jobs.

The sawmill opened in the early 1900s, and with­out it Pu­taruru town might never have ex­isted.

In 2011 the cur­rent land own­ers wanted to take ad­van­tage of the in­fra­struc­ture and lo­ca­tion to cre­ate a busi­ness park in the heart of South Waikato.

The own­ing com­pany, But­ter­milk Pu­taruru Lim­ited, is now putting the land on the mar­ket.

Just 65km from Port of Tau­ranga and sur­rounded by dairy coun­try, the 13 hectare site is close to State High­way 1 and has ac­cess to a rail sid­ing.

There are cur­rently three ti­tles, but the South Waikato District Coun­cil has given per­mis­sion for it to be split into five.

Bay­leys Tau­ranga agent Graeme Cole­man said own­ers Sam Wulff, Paul Washer and Dave Mac­far­lane be­lieve the ti­tles could be sub­di­vided even fur­ther, though that would be sub­ject to ap­proval from the coun­cil.

The ven­dors are flex­i­ble as to how the lots are sold.

‘‘If any­one wants to buy a few hectares, they’ve got it. If some­one wants to lease a few hectares, they’ve got it,’’ said Cole­man. ‘‘They’ll lis­ten to any­one who comes along.’’

He said the land could be sold as one block, or sold in parts or leased.

In Septem­ber 2012 the land was val­ued at $1.5 mil­lion, which would put it at a lit­tle over $11 per square me­tre.

Cole­man said sim­i­lar com­mer­cial land nearer to Hamil­ton or Tau­ranga is much more ex­pen­sive.

Ten­ants cur­rently on the prop­erty in­clude agri­cul­ture train­ing school Taratahi, Moorey Con­trac­tors, Live­stock Im­prove­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Pu­taruru Diesel, The Gym and a feed sup­ple­ment sup­plier with to­tal an­nual rent of ap­prox­i­mately $100,000.

Cole­man said there are plenty of un­oc­cu­pied build­ings and empty space for devel­op­ment.

The long­est ex­ist­ing lease is for six years, and Cole­man said if a de­vel­oper or new ten­ant had par­tic­u­lar plans, ten­ants could be moved around the site to suit.

He said the site would suit dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies, farm ma­chin­ery sup­pli­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers or stor­age.

The prop­erty is zoned for busi­ness, al­low­ing in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial and re­tail ac­tiv­ity.

It could be used by a large com­pany look­ing to re­lo­cate, or a smaller owner-op­er­a­tor who wants to lease out or sell the bal­ance of the land.

‘‘There’s a whole range of types of build­ing,’’ said Cole­man. ‘‘[And] if some­one wanted 5ha of bare land they can pull some down.’’

Rem­i­nisce: Past and present coun­cil staff chat about the ‘‘good old days’’ and how things have changed in 25 years.

To­day’s work­ers: South Waikato District Coun­cil work­ers Sina Tolo­vae, left, Marnie Ry­don, Desiree Morunga, Leleina Tolo­vae, Jenny Cook and Amanda White en­joy the cel­e­bra­tions. Pho­tos: WAYNE RY­DER

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