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The Hutt City Coun­cil has fi­nally had some­thing to smile about with the sale of the for­mer BNZ site in Lower Hutt.

De­vel­oper Ian Cas­sels pur­chased the earth­quake prone build­ing for $1.5 mil­lion. His plans in­clude apart­ments and a craft brew­ery.

The coun­cil quite rightly trum­peted that at­tract­ing a de­vel­oper with Cas­sels’ track record was a vote of con­fi­dence in the city.

Cas­sels has an im­pres­sive CV, turn­ing run-down parts of Welling­ton City into at­trac­tive vi­brant ar­eas.

It is worth remembering that Hutt City lost at least $1.3 mil­lion on the sale and the coun­cil failed to achieve its pri­mary ob­jec­tive of get­ting a govern­ment department to re­lo­cate to Lower Hutt.

Cas­sels said he is in­ter­ested in other projects in Lower Hutt and hinted at ama­jor housing devel­op­ment in Wainuiomata.

Af­ter years of eco­nomic stag­na­tion and next to no growth in the housing mar­ket, Hutt City seems to be on the move.

The coun­cil will also be pleased that work is fi­nally be­gin­ning on the much talked about ho­tel in High St.

The mayor and de­vel­oper Ra­man Sarin to­day turned the first sod to for­mally be­gin con­struc­tion on a project that has been talked about since 2015.

– Ni­cholas Boy­ack, se­nior re­porter.

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